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 Ms. Johnson describe Maggie's fiance?

2. What does Wangero find in her mother's trunk?

3. To what does Wangero compare Maggie's brain when Maggie tells Hakim-a-barber who whittled the churn dash?

4. How does the character who goes to school in Augusta try to share her knowledge with the rest of the family?

5. What is Ms. Johnson's religion?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does the way Maggie walks and carries herself indicate?

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

5. How do African Americans change from the days of Ms. Johnson's youth in the 1920s to the era of the 1960s in which the story "Everyday People" is set?

6. What religion is Ms. Johnson in "Everyday Use" and what does her religion indicate about her character?

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

8. Describe the Johnson family home.

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

10. Why does Dee's sister Maggie feel insecure when Hakim-a-barber tries to shake her hand?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Alice Walker's "Everyday Use," the character of Dee is romantically involved with Johnny T and later with Hakim-a-barber. Compare and contrast Dee's relationship with Johnny T and her relationship with Hakim-a-barber. Which one seems more harmonious and why? What does each relationship reveal about Dee at the stage in her life when she was involved with each man? Does Dee demonstrate any character growth from one relationship to the other? Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

"Everyday Use" was published in 1973 and the characters have lived through the growth of the civil rights movement in the 1960s. Discuss how the geographical, chronological and cultural settings affect the story and how the characters and story might differ if Alice Walker had set it in the north or during the antebellum era instead. Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

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