Everyday Use Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is the protagonist in "Everyday Use?"

2. Which of the following characters are mentioned in "Everyday Use" but do not actually appear on stage?

3. Why does Wangero want the two quilts Grandma Dee pieced rather than the substitute gift her mother offers her?

4. What does Dee want to match a green suit she makes from an old suit someone gives her mother?

5. What sound does Maggie make when she sees Dee's companion?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain how Ms. Johnson looks in real life and how her actual appearance differs from how she appears in her dreams.

2. Why does Dee change her name to Wangero in "Everyday Use?"

3. Explain Ms. Johnson's feelings about white people.

4. What is Aunt Dicie/Big Dee's role in "Everyday Use?"

5. What religion is Ms. Johnson in "Everyday Use" and what does her religion indicate about her character?

6. Why does Ms. Johnson's clean her yard prior to Dee's visit at the beginning of Alice Walker's "Everyday Use?"

7. Describe the Johnson family home.

8. Explain the difference in what Dee wants to use her mother's quilts and the way Maggie wants to use the quilts.

9. What is Ms. Johnson's relationship with her daughter Maggie like?

10. What information is revealed about Grandma Dee in "Everyday Use" even though she never appears onstage?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the use of color in the story. Select at least three examples from the following list and discuss what they mean and how the author uses them to convey a theme or depict a character: Dee's white heels, Dee's yellow organdy dress, Dee's green suit, Dee's yellow and orange dress, Dee's gold earrings and bracelets, or Maggie's pink skirt and red blouse.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the way the characters in "Everyday Use" think of white people and interact with them. Give at least three examples from the text to illustrate your conclusions.

Essay Topic 3

The predominant characters in "Everyday Use" are women. Male characters have minor roles and only one male character, Hakim-a-barber, actually appears on stage in the story. Discuss the role of male characters in the story and what you think the author is saying about Black culture by having female characters dominate her story. Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

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