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. Which Johnson women know how to quilt?

2. What kind of dress does Dee wear to her graduation?

3. Who keeps trying to shake Maggie's hand at the reunion?

4. When Ms. Johnson snatches the quilts from Wangero's hands, who sits on the bed with her mouth open in shock?

5. What scrap of Great Grandpa Ezra's clothing is in the quilts?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Dee's sister Maggie feel insecure when Hakim-a-barber tries to shake her hand?

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

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

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

5. When Ms. Johnson gives Grandma Dee's hand-stitched quilts to Maggie, how does each Johnson sister in "Everyday Use" react?

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

7. Why are the hairstyles of Hakim-a-barber and Dee/Wangero described in such detail in the story while Maggie and Ms. Johnson's hairstyles are not described?

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

9. What do the Johnson family heirlooms like the butter churn and patchwork quilts indicate about the Johnson family and about southern Black culture?

10. In Alice Walker's "Everyday Use," who is the antagonist of the story and what identifies that character as the antagonist?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

The Johnson family's quilts are a recurring motif throughout "Everyday Use." Cite three examples from the text of the use of this motif and discuss what you think it represents in each example.

Essay Topic 3

Dee changes her name to Wangero in "Everyday Use." Discuss this name change citing examples from the text to support your arguments.

Part I: Discuss what Dee's name change indicates about her character.

Part II: Discuss what Dee's name change indicates about the era in which she lives.

Part III: Discuss what Dee's name change illustrates about her relationship with her family.

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