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. What does Ms. Johnson think that Dee had at age sixteen?

2. At the beginning of "Everyday Use," how does Ms. Johnson think Maggie will feel during Dee's visit?

3. What comes over Ms. Johnson at the end of the story when she sees Maggie looking at Wangero with fear?

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

5. When boys and girls hang around Dee in her youth, what does she do to entertain them?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Dee react when her mother offered her a quilt before Dee left for college and what has caused her to change her opinion about having a quilt now?

2. Why doesn't Ms. Johnson have more formal education?

3. Why does Ms. Johnson agree to call Dee by the African name Wangero after reminding Dee of the family heritage behind her birth name?

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

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

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

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

8. Explain how Ms. Johnson looks in real life and how her actual appearance differs from how she appears in her dreams.

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Dee changes her name to Wangero in "Everyday Use." Discuss this name change citing examples from the text to support your arguments.

Part I: Discuss what Dee's name change indicates about her character.

Part II: Discuss what Dee's name change indicates about the era in which she lives.

Part III: Discuss what Dee's name change illustrates about her relationship with her family.

Essay Topic 2

Education is a theme in "Everyday Use." Discuss how Alice Walker depicts this theme and what you think she is saying about education in the story. Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss how the following characters either defy or define stereotypes of Black women living in the rural south: Dee/Wangero, Ms. Johnson, Grandma Dee, and Maggie. Are their backgrounds and character traits typical or atypical of the stereotype of Black women living in the rural south in the 1960s? Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

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