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. For what does Ms. Johnson lose her taste as a result of what happens to her in 1949?

2. Who whittles Ms. Johnson's butter churn dasher?

3. Why does Wangero want the two quilts Grandma Dee pieced rather than the substitute gift her mother offers her?

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

5. How does Dee respond when her mother asks her what happened to Dee?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Ms. Johnson's dream involves appearing on television with Dee and having Dee thank her for her role in Dee's succee. Is there any evidence in "Everyday Use" that Dee appreciate her mother's role in her success?

3. What is Maggie's relationship with Dee like?

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

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

6. What is the history behind Dee's birth name?

7. Explain Ms. Johnson's feelings about white people.

8. What does Maggie's smile at the end of "Everyday Use" indicate?

9. To whom is Dee referring when she says "It's really a new day for us" at the end of the story?

10. Why does Ms. Johnson prefer that the hand-stitched quilts go to Maggie instead of Dee?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Ms. Johnson is the narrator of "Everyday Use." Do you think she is the most appropriate narrator for this story? Why or why not? Discuss her effectiveness as narrator and how the story would change if Dee or Maggie narrated it instead. Cite examples from the text to support your conclusions.

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