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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. Which of the following statements is not true about what happens on the television talk shows that inspire Ms. Johnson's dreams?
2. Who makes the dining benches on which the Johnsons and Hakim-a-barber sit during dinner?
3. What scrap of Great Grandpa Ezra's clothing is in the quilts?
4. What does Ms. Johnson kill with a sledge hammer one winter?
5. How many rooms did the Johnsons' previous house have?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why doesn't Ms. Johnson have more formal education?
2. In Alice Walker's "Everyday Use," who is the antagonist of the story and what identifies that character as the antagonist?
3. Why does Ms. Johnson's clean her yard prior to Dee's visit at the beginning of Alice Walker's "Everyday Use?"
4. Explain the difference in what Dee wants to use her mother's quilts and the way Maggie wants to use the quilts.
5. Why does Dee's sister Maggie feel insecure when Hakim-a-barber tries to shake her hand?
6. Describe John Thomas and his role in the story.
7. What does Maggie's smile at the end of "Everyday Use" indicate?
8. Which character in "Everyday Use" is a foil character and what helps identify that character as a foil character?
9. Describe the Johnson family home.
10. What is Maggie's relationship with Dee like?
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
"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
Alice Walker writes "Everyday Use" in the first person point of view. Discuss why you think the author selected the first person viewpoint. Also discuss whether or not you think first person is an effective viewpoint for this story and why or why not. Cite examples from the text to support your conclusions.
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