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. How does Dee's male companion greet Ms. Johnson and Maggie?

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

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

4. Once Maggie weds, what is Ms. Johnson free to sit in her yard and do?

5. How did Ms. Johnson used to think Dee felt about Maggie?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Are the Johnsons in "Everyday Use" typical or atypical for rural southern Black families living in the era in which the story is set?

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

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

5. Alice Walker never names the narrator of this story. The reader is told only that she is a member of the Johnson family. What might the author of "Everyday Use" have intended to convey about the character of Ms. Johnson by not naming her?

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

7. 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?

8. What information is revealed about Grandma Dee in "Everyday Use" even though she never appears onstage?

9. In what era is "Everyday Use" set and how does this time period affect the story?

10. What is the significance of Dee's always wanting to read to people in her youth?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

The predominant characters in "Everyday Use" are women. Male characters have minor roles and only one male character, Hakim-a-barber, actually appears on stage in the story. Discuss the role of male characters in the story and what you think the author is saying about Black culture by having female characters dominate her story. Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

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