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. What do Ms. Johnson and Maggie do after Wangero and her boyfriend leave?

2. What does the person who wants the butter churn top slide over it as if trying to see how it will look in her own home?

3. What keeps Ms. Johnson hot in zero weather?

4. In "Everyday Use," whose school closes after second grade?

5. Which member of the Johnson family always criticizes the others?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

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

7. How does Dee differ from her mother and sister?

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

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

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

Essay 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

Discuss Ms. Johnson's dream about appearing on the Johnny Carson show with Dee. What significance do you think this dream has to the story? What does the dream reveal about Ms. Johnson's relationship with her daughter? What does the dream reveal about Ms. Johnson's feelings about herself versus how she wishes she was? What do you think Alice Walker is trying to say through this dream? Cite examples from the text to support your conclusions.

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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