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 Dee's companion do for a living?

2. Why does Dee change her name?

3. To whom does Ms. Johnson always talk "With one foot raised in flight" and her head turned in whatever direction is farthest from them?

4. What kind of soil comprises Ms. Johnson's yard?

5. Who hates the current Johnson house as well as the old Johnson house?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. How does Dee differ from her mother and sister?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Alice Walker writes "Everyday Use" in the first person point of view. Discuss why you think the author selected the first person viewpoint. Also discuss whether or not you think first person is an effective viewpoint for this story and why or why not. 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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