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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 characters in "Everyday Use" own cars?

2. At the beginning of "Everyday Use," what kind of tree does Ms. Johnson say she likes to sit outside and look up into while enjoying the breeze?

3. To whom does Ms. Johnson promise to give the quilts Grandma Dee pieced?

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

5. What unpleasant truth does Ms. Johnson say Maggie realizes about herself?

Short Essay Questions

1. Ms. Johnson's dream involves appearing on television with Dee and having Dee thank her for her role in Dee's succee. Is there any evidence in "Everyday Use" that Dee appreciate her mother's role in her success?

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

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

4. Why does Ms. Johnson's clean her yard prior to Dee's visit at the beginning of Alice Walker's "Everyday Use?"

5. Why doesn't Dee like the house in which her family lives?

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

7. What is the significance of the sunglasses Dee wears at the end of the story and the fact that they hide most of her face?

8. What is revealed about Aunt Dicie/Big Dee in "Everyday Use" even though she doesn't appear onstage?

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

10. What is Ms. Johnson's relationship with her daughter Maggie like?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Grandma Dee, Aunt Dicie or Big Dee, Grandpa Jarrell, Great-Grandpa Ezra and John Thomas are mentioned in "Everyday Use" but never appear on stage. Discuss these minor characters from the story and how the author uses them to illustrate her themes of family and community. Are there any other themes you think the author uses the characters to convey? Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast Ms. Johnson's relationship with Maggie and her relationship with Dee in "Everyday Use." Which daughter do you think is Ms. Johnson's favorite, or do you think she loves them both equally? Since Maggie is the daughter who stays in the rural south and Dee is the daughter who escapes, what do you think the author is saying through these characters about the identity conflict African Americans experienced after the civil rights movement? Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

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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