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 does Ms. Johnson describe the man who emerges from the car with Dee?

2. What trait does Ms. Johnson possess in her dreams that the Johnsons don't have in real life?

3. When Ms. Johnson snatches Grandma Dee's quilts from Wangero's hands, into whose hands does she place them?

4. What does Ms. Johnson note is still in the butter churn during dinner?

5. What has Ms. Johnson done to her yard at the beginning of the story?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who is the protagonist of "Everyday Use" and what identifies that character as the protagonist?

3. What do Dee's light skin and her white heel symbolize?

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

5. What happened to the Johnsons' previous home and how has this tragedy affected the family?

6. 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?

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

8. What does Maggie wear for Dee's visit and what does her outfit illustrate about her character?

9. Why doesn't Dee think Maggie deserves their mother's two hand-stitched quilts?

10. What references to racial prejudice are there in "Everyday Use?"

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the relationship between Maggie and Dee. Does Dee exhibit any sisterly feelings toward Maggie? Do either of the girls love the other one? Is Maggie's rivalry with Dee mutual or is it just one-sided? Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 2

"Everyday Use" was published in 1973 and the characters have lived through the growth of the civil rights movement in the 1960s. Discuss how the geographical, chronological and cultural settings affect the story and how the characters and story might differ if Alice Walker had set it in the north or during the antebellum era instead. Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

Alice Walker writes "Everyday Use" in the first person point of view. Discuss why you think the author selected the first person viewpoint. Also discuss whether or not you think first person is an effective viewpoint for this story and why or why not. Cite examples from the text to support your conclusions.

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