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. Whose hand closes over Grandma Dee's butter dish at dinner?

2. For what occasion is Ms. Johnson going to give the quilts to the person to whom she has promised them?

3. What do Hakim-a-barber and Wangero not tell Ms. Johnson and what does she not ask them about?

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

5. In what is the Johnson home located?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

7. What was Dee like at sixteen?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the use of color in the story. Select at least three examples from the following list and discuss what they mean and how the author uses them to convey a theme or depict a character: Dee's white heels, Dee's yellow organdy dress, Dee's green suit, Dee's yellow and orange dress, Dee's gold earrings and bracelets, or Maggie's pink skirt and red blouse.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss symbolism and metaphor in "Everyday Use." Give three examples of symbolism in the story and discuss what the symbols are used to convey.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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