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. In "Everyday Use," whose school closes after second grade?

2. How does Ms. Johnson describe the man who emerges from the car with Dee?

3. Who learns to quilt from Grandma Dee and Aunt Dicie/Big Dee?

4. How many children does Ms. Johnson have?

5. On what occasion has Ms. Johnson offered Dee a quilt in the past?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the way Maggie walks and carries herself indicate?

2. What does Hakim-a-barber's car indicate about his character and Dee's?

3. Explain Dee's feelings about white people.

4. How strong is Ms. Johnson physically and what might her physical strength indicate about her inner strength?

5. How do African Americans change from the days of Ms. Johnson's youth in the 1920s to the era of the 1960s in which the story "Everyday People" is set?

6. What was Dee like at sixteen?

7. What does Maggie wear for Dee's visit and what does her outfit illustrate about her character?

8. Is there any significance to the fact that neither Ms. Johnson's marital state nor Dee's are revealed in "Everyday Use?"

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

10. What kind of life has Ms. Johnson lived?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ms. Johnson is the narrator of "Everyday Use." Do you think she is the most appropriate narrator for this story? Why or why not? Discuss her effectiveness as narrator and how the story would change if Dee or Maggie narrated it instead. Cite examples from the text to support your conclusions.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast Ms. Johnson's relationship with Maggie and her relationship with Dee in "Everyday Use." Which daughter do you think is Ms. Johnson's favorite, or do you think she loves them both equally? Since Maggie is the daughter who stays in the rural south and Dee is the daughter who escapes, what do you think the author is saying through these characters about the identity conflict African Americans experienced after the civil rights movement? 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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