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. Which character in "Everyday Use" has burn scars?

2. What color is Ms. Johnson's butter churn dasher?

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

4. Who is the first male character mentioned in "Everyday Use?"

5. On the television show in her dreams, what does Ms. Johnson look like?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Which Johnson sister knows how to quilt and what does her ability illustrate about her character?

3. What does the way Dee dresses for her visit with her family indicate about her character?

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

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

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

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

8. Which character in "Everyday Use" is a foil character and what helps identify that character as a foil character?

9. What is the history behind Dee's birth name?

10. What is Aunt Dicie/Big Dee's role in "Everyday Use?"

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Maggie and Dee have very different ideas of what their family heritage is. Compare and contrast how each sister defines heritage and the role Grandma Dee's quilts and the family butter churn and other heirlooms play in their concepts of heritage. Cite examples from the text to support your conclusions.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Ms. Johnson's dream about appearing on the Johnny Carson show with Dee. What significance do you think this dream has to the story? What does the dream reveal about Ms. Johnson's relationship with her daughter? What does the dream reveal about Ms. Johnson's feelings about herself versus how she wishes she was? What do you think Alice Walker is trying to say through this dream? Cite examples from the text to support your conclusions.

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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