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 fills her bottom lip with checkerberry snuff at the end of "Everyday Use?"

2. What trait does Ms. Johnson possess in her dreams that the Johnsons don't have in real life?

3. How far back can Ms. Johnson trace her family tree?

4. What does Ms. Johnson notice in the wood of the dasher?

5. How does Dee look in comparison to Maggie?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

4. What is Ms. Johnson's relationship with her daughter Dee like?

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

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

7. Why does Ms. Johnson agree to call Dee by the African name Wangero after reminding Dee of the family heritage behind her birth name?

8. Discuss the role of Great Grandpa Ezra in "Everyday Use."

9. What level of education does Dee have and how does it differ from the educational levels of her mother and sister?

10. What do Dee's light skin and her white heel symbolize?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Maggie and Dee have very different ideas of what their family heritage is. Compare and contrast how each sister defines heritage and the role Grandma Dee's quilts and the family butter churn and other heirlooms play in their concepts of heritage. Cite examples from the text to support your conclusions.

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

In Alice Walker's "Everyday Use," the character of Dee is romantically involved with Johnny T and later with Hakim-a-barber. Compare and contrast Dee's relationship with Johnny T and her relationship with Hakim-a-barber. Which one seems more harmonious and why? What does each relationship reveal about Dee at the stage in her life when she was involved with each man? Does Dee demonstrate any character growth from one relationship to the other? Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

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