Everyday Use Test | Final 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. To whom does Ms. Johnson always talk "With one foot raised in flight" and her head turned in whatever direction is farthest from them?

2. Who whittles Ms. Johnson's churn top?

3. Who does Dee say she will never bring to visit her family's home?

4. To what group of people does Ms. Johnson ask Hakim-a-barber if he belongs?

5. Where are the family's quilt frames kept?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why doesn't Ms. Johnson have more formal education?

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

5. Describe John Thomas and his role in the story.

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

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

8. Why does Ms. Johnson prefer that the hand-stitched quilts go to Maggie instead of Dee?

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Education is a theme in "Everyday Use." Discuss how Alice Walker depicts this theme and what you think she is saying about education in the story. Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the references to church and religion in "Everyday Use." Give at least three examples of how religion is used in the text. What do you think Alice Walker is saying about the influence of religion on southern Black culture and on African American culture in general?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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