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. For what does Ms. Johnson lose her taste as a result of what happens to her in 1949?

2. What facial expression does Maggie have after her sister leaves?

3. When Ms. Johnson finds Wangero's name hard to pronounce, what does Wangero say?

4. Which Johnson family member possesses the most self confidence?

5. What is the first thing out of the car upon Dee's arrival that identifies Dee to Ms. Johnson?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do the Johnson family heirlooms like the butter churn and patchwork quilts indicate about the Johnson family and about southern Black culture?

2. What level of education does Dee have and how does it differ from the educational levels of her mother and sister?

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

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

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

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

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

8. What happens when Dee tries to share her educational knowledge with her mother and sister?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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.

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