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. How many Johnson women are Dee?

2. Who wraps Ms. Johnson's dasher right there at the dinner table?

3. How does Dee respond when her mother asks her what happened to Dee?

4. How did Ms. Johnson used to think Dee felt about Maggie?

5. Which character in "Everyday Use" delights in the chitlins and corn bread, greens and sweet potatoes Ms. Johnson serves for dinner during Dee's visit?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. What does Ms. Johnson think Maggie believes is her "portion" in life?

4. 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?

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

6. Describe Dee's relationship with Jimmy T and what it indicates about her.

7. Describe the Johnson family home.

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

9. 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?

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

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

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

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.

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