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

2. What does Weller decide to call Fonsia?
(a) By her proper name.
(b) By her nickname.
(c) By his own nickname.
(d) By whatever name comes to mind first.

3. Upon losing the second game, Weller becomes upset and starts collecting cards. What does he forget to do?
(a) He forgets to collect all the cards.
(b) He forgets to credit Fonsia her points toward the next game.
(c) He forgets to count his own hand.
(d) He forgets to enter Fonsia's full score.

4. Fonsia wins the first gin game by doing what?
(a) By being dealt the perfect hand and calling gin immediately.
(b) By picking up Weller's discarded Jack and calling gin.
(c) By calling gin and leaving the hand open, and having nothing to discard.
(d) By trapping Weller with high cards and knocking.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Weller, how does Fonsia play the first hand well?

2. Weller draws what insult from the following statement by Fonsia: "I can't help it"?

3. According to Weller, the Welfare Department allows people to keep how much money?

4. How many grandchildren does Fonsia have?

5. According to Fonsia and Weller, what does the Home lack more than anything else?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

4. Towards the end of Act 1, Scene 2, Weller begins misinterpreting what Fonsia says. How do these misinterpretations move the play?

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

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. What does Gladys Mayes represent in the play?

8. What about the Presbyterian home threatens both characters?

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

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

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