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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. According to Weller in Act 1, Scene 2, how are the percentages looking?
(a) They are beginning to disfavor him.
(b) They are beginning to favor him.
(c) They are beginning to favor Fonsia.
(d) They are beginning to even out.

2. What is Weller's last name?
(a) Martin.
(b) James.
(c) Ones.
(d) Mosley.

3. 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

4. What does Fonsia use the pillow for?
(a) To swat at Weller with.
(b) To prop up her back.
(c) To sit on.
(d) To sort her cards on.

5. What is Weller using as a makeshift ashtray at the opening of the play?
(a) An old shoe.
(b) The lid of a biscuit tin.
(c) A hub cap.
(d) The side of the porch.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Fonsia, the staff never offers her 'her' medicine, but instead patronizingly does what?

2. What three cards does Weller need to win at the end of Act 1?

3. What day does Act 1, Scene 2 take place?

4. How does the Home, according to Weller, promote the theft of tenants' goods?

5. What game is Weller playing at the opening of the play?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Fonsia's childhood suggest about her character?

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

3. According to Weller, what does he believe drives the staff's constant need to entertain the residents of the home?

4. At the beginning of Act 1, Scene 2, Weller's actions contrast his earlier behavior and his current dress. How so, and what does this suggest about him?

5. How does Weller's choice of profanity conform to the opening action in Act 1, Scene 2?

6. In Act 1, Scene 2, Weller states that "half of them are catatonic... and... the ones who do talk make you appreciate the ones who don't." Who is the quote in regards to, and what is it about the talking that bothers both characters?

7. In Act 1, Scene 1, what does the condition of the stage setting suggest about the financial standing of the residents?

8. What does the moment of faintness that Fonsia suffers in Act 1, Scene 2 reveal about the two characters?

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

10. 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?

(see the answer keys)

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