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Everyday Use by Alice Walker
Terms in this set (27)
struggle between opposing forces
to restore to calm, to settle again
a set of rules, beliefs, or values held by a group
something passed down through generations such as traditions, values, property
they're opposites; Dee is confident, Maggie is shy
What can you infer about Maggie and her sister?
the narrator wants her daughter to appreciate her
What might the narrator want from Dee?
Mama is a large, hardworking woman; her daughter Dee would prefer her to be attractive and witty
What is Mama's character, and how would Dee like Mama to be?
Mama resents the way she and Maggie have been treated by Dee
Why do you think Mama has fought off the temptation to shake Dee?
Mama is uneducated and has always lived in a rural area, she grew up when blacks had few rights; Dee is from civil rights era and is educated in the city
How has Mama's life experience differed from Dee's?
Dee is difficult to get along with, she's mean and selfish
What do you learn about Dee from the way others respond to her?
What is Dee's new name?
Dee has changed her attitude about her upbringing, she now accepts the house as who she is
What does Dee's surprisingly positive reaction toward the house reveal about her?
Mama thinks Dee's new name is ridiculous because Dee's named after family members
What is Mama's opinion of Dee's new name?
he looks at her as if she were an outdated car
What can you infer about how Dee's friend views Mama?
Dee has taken a new interest in Mama's old belongings and shows delight at the authentic benches
What is Dee's reaction to the benches?
Maggie appears to know or care more about the family's past while Dee cares about herself not thinking of others when taking the belongings
What do you learn about Dee and Maggie?
Maggie was shocked at Dee's request for the quilts that she drops something and slams the door
What are the noises from in the kitchen?
Dee resorts to name calling and says Maggie won't appreciate the quilts the way she would but Mama disagrees with Dee
How does the conflict between Dee and her family intensify?
Dee thinks that the quilts will be wasted on Maggie would put them to everyday use while Dee would display them
Why doesn't Dee want Maggie to have the quilts?
Dee is put in her place when Mama gives the quilts to Maggie
How is the conflict over the quilts resolved?
Mama thinks heritage is more family and traditions but Dee thinks it's more of something to display
How do Mama and Dee view their heritage differently?
What word would Mama use to describe herself?
she sees herself as better than they are
What is the most likely cause of Dee's conflict with her family?
remind her of her family history
Why are the quilts valuable to Mama?
Mama takes the quilts from Dee and gives them to Maggie
When is the main conflict of the story resolved?
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