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. In what point of view is "Everyday Use" told?

2. Once Maggie weds, what is Ms. Johnson free to sit in her yard and do?

3. What is the socioeconomic status of Ms. Johnson in "Everyday Use?"

4. Who asks Ms. Johnson for the family's butter churn top?

5. What is Ms. Johnson's marital state?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the significance of the title of "Everyday Use?"

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

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

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

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

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

7. Although the exact setting of "Everyday Use" is never specified, what clues in the text indicate where the story takes place?

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

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

10. Are the Johnsons in "Everyday Use" typical or atypical for rural southern Black families living in the era in which the story is set?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"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 2

Compare and contrast the way the characters in "Everyday Use" think of white people and interact with them. Give at least three examples from the text to illustrate your conclusions.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the references to church and religion in "Everyday Use." Give at least three examples of how religion is used in the text. What do you think Alice Walker is saying about the influence of religion on southern Black culture and on African American culture in general?

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