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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. How could Weller's statement that 'Gin is a relaxing game,' bear out in Act 1, Scene 2?
(a) Perfectly in this scene, but none of the later scenes.
(b) In direct contrast to the action.
(c) Conforming to the action.
(d) For Fonsia only.
2. Fonsia wins the first gin game by doing what?
(a) By calling gin and leaving the hand open, and having nothing to discard.
(b) By trapping Weller with high cards and knocking.
(c) By picking up Weller's discarded Jack and calling gin.
(d) By being dealt the perfect hand and calling gin immediately.
3. According to Weller, how does Fonsia play the first hand well?
(a) By knocking.
(b) By discarding what he needed.
(c) By discarding her high cards.
(d) By retaining the Kings.
4. What part of gin does Fonsia wish to stick to at first?
(a) The gin part of the game.
(b) The knocking part of the game.
(c) The discarding part of the game.
(d) The winning part of the game
5. Who is the luckiest person Weller has ever seen play gin?
(a) His son.
(d) His ex-wife.
Short Answer Questions
1. Weller's temper raises what concern for Fonsia?
2. What happened to Fonsia's husband?
3. What does Weller blame his relationship with his children on?
4. What illness does Weller claim he suffers from in Act One?
5. How is the first game of gin won in Act 1, Scene 2?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Fonsia win the last hand of Act 1, Scene 1, and what might this foreshadow?
2. In Act 1, Scene 2, why would Fonsia's father turn over in his grave, according to Weller?
3. What new and combative aspect in the interaction between the two characters takes place upon Fonsia winning the hand with Queens in Act 1, Scene 2?
4. What lie does Fonsia admit to making when seeking employment earlier in life?
5. What does the attire of the two characters suggest about their respective attitudes in Act 1, Scene 1?
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. Explain the exchange of the sweater in Act 2, Scene 2. What could the exchange of the sweater represent?
8. What has Fonsia done to Weller since their last meeting in Act 2, Scene 1 that has upset him?
9. How does Weller's choice of profanity conform to the opening action in Act 1, Scene 2?
10. In what way does the weather follow Weller's cues in Act 2, Scene 2?
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