Everyday Use Questions and Answers
How does the following passage from "Everyday Use" contribute to readers' understanding of Maggie? "'Aunt Dee’s first husband whittled the dash,' said Maggie so low you almost couldn’t hear her. 'His name was Henry, but they called him Stash.'"
"When I looked at her like that something hit me in the top of my head and ran down to the soles of my feet." What hit mama? What did she understand that she had not understood a moment before? Does anyone else in "Everyday Use" have an epiphany?
In "Everyday Use," how does Dee’s perspective on the family's possessions compare to the perspective of the rest of her family?
In "Everyday Use," does the mother's refusal to let Dee have the quilts indicate a permanent or temporary change? Why has she never done anything like it before? Why does she do it now? What details in the story prepare for or foreshadow that refusal?
What is Dee's attitude toward her heritage compared with the attitudes of her mother and sister in "Everyday Use"?
In "Everyday Use," what are Maggie and Dee's different attitudes toward heritage, and what do quilts symbolize in the story?
What could be a thesis statement for the short story “Everyday Use”? Also, what quotes from the story would support the thesis statement?
In the short story "Everyday Use," how does the physical setting give support to the contrasting attitudes of both Mama and Dee?
Describe as fully as possible the lives of the mother, Dee, and Maggie prior to the events of the story, "Everyday Use." How are the following incidents from the past also reflected in the present actions: ( a) Dee’s hatred of the old house; (b) Dee’s ability “to stare down any disaster”; ( c) Maggie’s burns from the fire; (d) the mother’s having been “hooked in the side” while milking a cow; (e) Dee’s refusal to accept a quilt when she went away to college?
In "Everyday Use," how would you describe the way that Dee reacts to the food and objects in her mother’s house? Discuss Dee’s mother’s and sister’s reactions to her new persona, “Wangero.” Do you sympathize with them?
What is the importance of names in "Everyday Use"? For example, what does “Wangero Leewanika Kemanjo” represent?
The narrator could best be described as... Group of answer choices cruel tough self-conscious fragile
What were the differences between Mama's and Wangero's (Dee's) perspective of using cultural objects every day? Who do you agree with?
In "Everyday Use," what do Dee's new name and costume and her concern for her heritage have in common regarding social movements?
Compare and contrast the relationships between the mother and each of her daughters, Dee and Maggie, in "Everyday Use."
Characterize the speaker and evaluate her reliability as a reporter and interpreter of events. Where does she refrain from making judgements? Where does she present less than the full truth? Do these examples of reticence undercut her reliability? Secondly, does the mother refusal to let Dee have the quilts indicate a permanent or temporary change of character? Why has she never done anything like it before? Why does she do it now? What details in the story prepare for and foreshadow that refusal?
What do you think is the importance of the TV-show dream in the story "Everyday Use"? How does it help us understand the relationship between the narraror and Dee?
İn "Everyday Use" by Alice Walker, is Dee wholly unsympathetic? Is the mother's victory over her altogether positive? What emotional ambivalence is there in the final scene between Maggie and her mother in the yard?
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