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. Who is the first male character to appear onstage in "Everyday Use?"

2. Which Johnson family member possesses the most self confidence?

3. Who takes Polaroids of the Johnson family reunion?

4. Why advantage does Ms. Johnson think her substitute gift has over the quilts Wangero wants?

5. What trait does Ms. Johnson possess in her dreams that the Johnsons don't have in real life?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What does Ms. Johnson think Maggie believes is her "portion" in life?

6. 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?

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

8. Why does Dee include the house in every picture she takes with her camera if she dislikes the house?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the characters of Maggie, Dee/Wangero, and Mrs. Johnson in "Everyday Use." Which sister do you think is most like their mother and why? Which character or characters do you think represent southern Black culture? Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast Ms. Johnson's relationship with Maggie and her relationship with Dee in "Everyday Use." Which daughter do you think is Ms. Johnson's favorite, or do you think she loves them both equally? Since Maggie is the daughter who stays in the rural south and Dee is the daughter who escapes, what do you think the author is saying through these characters about the identity conflict African Americans experienced after the civil rights movement? Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

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