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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. As Weller begins losing his temper, he begins yelling. He also begins doing what?
(a) Making bigoted remarks.
(b) Swearing.
(c) Kicking the furniture.
(d) Holding his chest.

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

3. According to Fonsia and Weller, what does the Home lack more than anything else?
(a) Sufficient staff.
(b) Cuisine.
(c) Entertainment.
(d) Decent conversation.

4. How large are the rooms at the home, according to Fonsia?
(a) 8 foot by 8 foot closets.
(b) 10 foot by 15 foot shoe boxes.
(c) 12 foot by 12 foot cubes.
(d) 10 foot square boxes.

5. Weller draws what insult from the following statement by Fonsia: "I can't help it"?
(a) That she is taking pity on him.
(b) That she thinks he is destined to lose against her.
(c) That he doesn't know how to play gin.
(d) That he can't beat a woman.

Short Answer Questions

1. Weller claims that what is 'a racket'?

2. How old is Fonsia's son?

3. What is the first move of the gin game?

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

5. While Weller's face is turning red in frustration, what is Fonsia doing?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Why don't "we have to worry about [Fonsia's] memory any more?"

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

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

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

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

7. What about the Presbyterian home threatens both characters?

8. 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?

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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