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. Why does Dee change her name?

2. What does Wangero find in her mother's trunk?

3. How many quilts does Dee/Wangero take back to the city with her at the end of the story?

4. When Ms. Johnson finds Wangero's name hard to pronounce, what does Wangero say?

5. What do Hakim-a-barber and Wangero not tell Ms. Johnson and what does she not ask them about?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why doesn't Dee like the house in which her family lives?

2. What is the significance of the title of "Everyday Use?"

3. What does Maggie's smile at the end of "Everyday Use" indicate?

4. What is the history behind Dee's birth name?

5. Describe Dee's relationship with Jimmy T and what it indicates about her.

6. What other folk art is mentioned in "Everyday Use" besides quilting?

7. What is the significance of the sunglasses Dee wears at the end of the story and the fact that they hide most of her face?

8. Which Johnson sister knows how to quilt and what does her ability illustrate about her character?

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

10. What references to racial prejudice are there in "Everyday Use?"

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"Everyday Use" was published in 1973 and the characters have lived through the growth of the civil rights movement in the 1960s. Discuss how the geographical, chronological and cultural settings affect the story and how the characters and story might differ if Alice Walker had set it in the north or during the antebellum era instead. Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the relationship between Maggie and Dee. Does Dee exhibit any sisterly feelings toward Maggie? Do either of the girls love the other one? Is Maggie's rivalry with Dee mutual or is it just one-sided? Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the character of Hakim-a-barber and how he illustrates Black Muslim culture in the story. What do you think Alice Walker is saying about Black Muslims through him? Cite examples from the text to support your conclusions.

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