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. From where does the wood that gives Ms. Johnson's dasher its color come?

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

3. How many children does Ms. Johnson have?

4. Who in the Johnson family had the name Dee before Dee and the woman for whom Dee was named?

5. What kind of windows does the current Johnson home have?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain Ms. Johnson's feelings about white people.

2. To whom is Dee referring when she says "It's really a new day for us" at the end of the story?

3. What is Maggie's relationship with Dee like?

4. Why does Dee include the house in every picture she takes with her camera if she dislikes the house?

5. Alice Walker never names the narrator of this story. The reader is told only that she is a member of the Johnson family. What might the author of "Everyday Use" have intended to convey about the character of Ms. Johnson by not naming her?

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

7. Why does Dee change her name to Wangero in "Everyday Use?"

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The predominant characters in "Everyday Use" are women. Male characters have minor roles and only one male character, Hakim-a-barber, actually appears on stage in the story. Discuss the role of male characters in the story and what you think the author is saying about Black culture by having female characters dominate her story. Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss symbolism and metaphor in "Everyday Use." Give three examples of symbolism in the story and discuss what the symbols are used to convey.

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