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D. L. Coburn
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Fonsia claims that her mother would have killed her for playing cards. Why is that?
(a) Fonsia's mother considered card playing a man's game, and would have looked down upon it.
(b) Fonsia's mother considered card playing a sin, and would have looked down upon it.
(c) Fonsia's mother considered card playing below their station, and would have looked down upon it.
(d) Fonsia's mother considered card playing gambling, and would have looked down upon it.

2. How many points does Weller post in the first game in Act 1, Scene 2?
(a) 10.
(b) 100.
(c) 0.
(d) 80.

3. Weller's temper raises what concern for Fonsia?
(a) That Weller will start to curse.
(b) That Weller will strike her.
(c) That Weller will begin breaking things.
(d) That Weller will have a stroke.

4. How is the second hand of the second game won in Act 1, Scene 2?
(a) By Weller, who wins in three rounds.
(b) By Fonsia, who knocks to win.
(c) By Fonsia, who receives a perfect hand.
(d) By Weller, who receives a perfect hand.

5. What illness does Fonsia have that requires constant care?
(a) Diabetes.
(b) Lung Cancer.
(c) Meningitis.
(d) Alzheimers.

Short Answer Questions

1. What mistake does Fonsia make in the first hand of the first game that spoils the round?

2. What does Weller refer to as "dumb Gin"?

3. How did Fonsia get over the 'spells' she had after her divorce?

4. Weller cheats in the first hand by doing what?

5. How is the first game of gin won in Act 1, Scene 2?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Act 1, Scene 1, what conditions find the two characters at the home?

2. Prior to the deal being made in Act 1, Scene 2, how would you characterize this scene - as more of a comedy or a tragedy?

3. What is Weller's immediate reaction to Fonsia's distress in Act 1, Scene 1, and what does this suggest about his character?

4. What do you think is Weller's opinion of the other residents of the home after reading Act 1, Scene 1?

5. What 'admiral... minor virtues' did Fonsia's father personify, and how do you think they might contrast with Weller's character?

6. What is the simple truth about old age homes - a truth not even wealth can correct, according to Weller? How might the two characters thwart this truth?

7. In Act 1, Scene 2, why would Fonsia's father turn over in his grave, according to Weller?

8. What is Fonsia's concern for Weller at the beginning of Act 1, Scene 2?

9. What is it that you think is bothering Fonsia in Act 1, Scene 1?

10. In what way, according to Weller, does the Home promote theft of its residents by the staff?

(see the answer keys)

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