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 takes Polaroids of the Johnson family reunion?

2. For what occasion is Ms. Johnson going to give the quilts to the person to whom she has promised them?

3. At the beginning of "Everyday Use," how does Ms. Johnson think Maggie will feel during Dee's visit?

4. Which character in "Everyday Use" goes to school in Augusta on money Ms. Johnson and her church raise?

5. Who asks Ms. Johnson for the family's butter churn top?

Short Essay Questions

1. What kind of life has Ms. Johnson lived?

2. Describe the Johnson family home.

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

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

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

6. What is Ms. Johnson's relationship with her daughter Dee like?

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

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

9. What other folk art is mentioned in "Everyday Use" besides quilting?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the use of color in the story. Select at least three examples from the following list and discuss what they mean and how the author uses them to convey a theme or depict a character: Dee's white heels, Dee's yellow organdy dress, Dee's green suit, Dee's yellow and orange dress, Dee's gold earrings and bracelets, or Maggie's pink skirt and red blouse.

Essay Topic 2

"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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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