“Everyday Use” by Alice Walker

1.Based on the details in “Snow,” what are some of the challenges that immigrants face?

2.Interview a real-life immigrant. Write a paper discussing his or her immigration experience. Use direct quotes from the interview in the paper.

  1. In Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour,” Mrs. Mallard is described as descending the stairs “like a goddess of Victory.” Why does she feel victorious?
  2. Discuss Mrs. Mallard’s range of emotions in “The Story of an Hour.”
  3. Do you find the end of “The Story of an Hour” satisfying? Believable? Why or why not?
  4. In Richard Wright’s “Big Black Good Man,” does the author appear to be optimistic or

pessimistic about race relations?

  1. The sailor’s name is barely mentioned in “Big Black Good Man.” Why? Explain your answer.
  2. What is readers’ opinion of Olaf, Jim, or Lena in “Big Black Good Man”? Choose one character.
  3. What do you think Jim thinks of Olaf? Explain your answer.
  4. Is Tim O’Brien’s “The Things They Carried” an antiwar story? Explain your answer.
  5. Has Lieutenant Jimmy Cross changed by the end of “The Things They Carried”? If yes, how so?
  6. What is readers’ impression of Martha in “The Things They Carried”?
  7. What kind of person is Mama in Alice Walker’s “Everyday Use”?
  8. How does Maggie feel about her sister Dee in “Everyday Use”?
  9. Discuss your least favorite character. What does the character do or say to cause the reader to feel this way?

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