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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. Where does Fonsia misplace her card in Act 1, Scene 1?
(a) Under the ash tray.
(b) Behind her ear.
(c) In her lap.
(d) In her mouth.

2. What mistake does Fonsia make in the first hand of the first game that spoils the round?
(a) Fonsia tells Weller she has all four aces.
(b) Fonsia lays her cards up face first.
(c) Fonsia lays down a pair without having gin.
(d) Fonsia calls gin without discarding.

3. How many kids does Weller have?
(a) 1 child.
(b) 4 children.
(c) 2 children.
(d) 3 children.

4. What is the dietitian's name?
(a) Mr. Jameson.
(b) Mrs. Gibran.
(c) Ms. Cameron.
(d) Mr. Jabon.

5. Weller claims that what is 'a racket'?
(a) Old age homes that require tenants to relinquish their automobiles to the home.
(b) Old age homes that require tenants to attend religous services.
(c) Old age homes that require tenants to relinquish all their assets to the home.
(d) Old age homes that require tenants to sign a power of attorney over to the home.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What part of gin does Fonsia wish to stick to at first?

3. What dish do Weller and Fonsia complain of knowing of no one who likes it?

4. Upon losing the second game, Weller becomes upset and starts collecting cards. What does he forget to do?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How would you characterize the questions Weller makes to Fonsia, and how do they propel the first scene of the play?

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

4. 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?

5. What confession does Weller make about himself as it relates to his interaction with the family of Gladys Mayes?

6. In Act 1, Scene 2, what according to Weller "seems to happen quite a lot to [Fonsia]," and how could this be seen as helpful to the writing of the play?

7. What does the attire of the two characters suggest about their respective attitudes in Act 1, Scene 1?

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

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

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

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