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. What does Dee's companion end up asking the family to call him?

2. Who makes the sounds in the kitchen?

3. To what does Dee change her name?

4. What word does Ms. Johnson say the world never tells Dee?

5. Which character in "Everyday Use" always walks with her eyes on the ground and her chin on her chest?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How strong is Ms. Johnson physically and what might her physical strength indicate about her inner strength?

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

4. How does Dee differ from her mother and sister?

5. Why doesn't Dee like the house in which her family lives?

6. Although the exact setting of "Everyday Use" is never specified, what clues in the text indicate where the story takes place?

7. What does Maggie wear for Dee's visit and what does her outfit illustrate about her character?

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

9. Discuss the role of Great Grandpa Ezra in "Everyday Use."

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the references to church and religion in "Everyday Use." Give at least three examples of how religion is used in the text. What do you think Alice Walker is saying about the influence of religion on southern Black culture and on African American culture in general?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the relationship between Maggie and Dee. Does Dee exhibit any sisterly feelings toward Maggie? Do either of the girls love the other one? Is Maggie's rivalry with Dee mutual or is it just one-sided? Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

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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