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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What illness put Weller in the convalescent home?
(a) A heart attack.
(b) A stroke.
(d) Lung cancer.
2. Who does Fonsia call for at the end of the play?
(a) For Mrs. Gibran.
(b) The Nurse.
(d) For her son.
3. What remark does Weller make in Act 2, Scene 2 that Fonsia considers the most insulting remark she has heard in her life?
(a) "You and your judgments ran [your husband] right out of the house."
(b) "You've made [your son] feel like the lowest piece of crap on earth for so long he can't stand the sight of you,"
(c) The problem with people in the world today is that "they have a mother who's just like you,"
(d) That Fonsia is "vindictive."
4. What are Weller's final words of the play?
(a) "Damnit to hell"
(b) "I win, I win!"
(c) "Gin, gin, gin."
(d) His final words are to call for a doctor.
5. According to Weller in Act 2, Scene 1, what is the hottest topic of discussion at the Home?
(b) Canned vegetables.
(c) The gospel hour.
(d) One's funeral arrangements.
6. What is the Extended Family?
(a) A church group that delivers canned food to the Home.
(b) A group that visited the Home to steal goods, but under the auspices of being an entertainment.
(c) It is what the staff refers to themselves as.
(d) A group that visited the Home looking for substitute Grandparents.
7. What entertainment takes place over the last hand of gin?
(a) A televangelist plays in the background.
(b) A choir strikes up.
(c) The Extended Family visits.
(d) A magic performance takes place.
8. According to Weller in Act 2, Scene 1, what happens when you get too far away from playing gin?
9. Who does Weller claim to be talking to when talking to himself in Act 2, Scene 1?
(a) To his 'angel.'.
(b) To 'the god of Gin.'.
(c) To his 'shadow.'.
(d) To his 'little man.'.
10. What happened to Weller's business?
(a) Weller was thrown out of his business by his partners.
(b) Weller gave his business to his sons.
(c) Weller's business was shut down by the state.
(d) Weller was bought out of his business by his partners.
11. What did Fonsia's son do to create a fissure in their relationship?
(a) Cashed out Fonsia's retirement accounts.
(b) He sold the Ash St. house.
(c) Decided to search for his father.
(d) Took over the Ash St. house, forcing Fonsia into retirement.
12. Why does Fonsia think Weller wants to meet her on the porch in Act 2, Scene 2?
(a) She thinks Weller is possibly crazy.
(b) She thinks Weller is lonely.
(c) She thinks Weller is bored.
(d) She thinks Weller is simply sad.
13. Why does Fonsia discard a Jack in Act 2, Scene 1?
(a) Because she doesn't need it.
(b) Because she hoped to close the game with the next hand.
(c) Because Weller citicized her for holding too many face cards earlier.
(d) So Weller can win a hand.
14. What did Fonsia do with the Ash Street house?
(a) She gave it to her son.
(b) She sold it.
(c) She gave it to the Presbyterian church.
(d) She gave over the management of it to her son.
15. What kind of work did Fonsia do before retiring?
(a) Apartment manager.
Short Answer Questions
1. According to Fonsia in Act 2, Scene 1, if Weller could see himself, he would what?
2. How does Weller use Fonsia's son against her in Act 2, Scene 1?
3. What compliment does Weller make to Fonsia in Act 2, Scene 1?
4. In Act 2, Scene 2, how does Fonsia drive home the example of Weller always having to be 'the victim of bad luck,' as opposed to accepting his mistakes?
5. According to Fonsia, what scared her about her last encounter with Weller?
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