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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 is the name of the home?
(a) Bentley.
(b) Horace.
(c) Aston.
(d) Granger.

2. What does Weller blame his relationship with his children on?
(a) His parents.
(b) The court system.
(c) His second wife.
(d) His work ethic.

3. What is Fonsia's last name?
(a) Dorsey.
(b) Darington.
(c) Johnson.
(d) Marvin.

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

5. When Weller suggests that Fonsia check with her doctor and not a welfare quack, what does she snap back at him?
(a) That she can take care of herself.
(b) That her doctor is the best money can buy.
(c) That there is nothing wrong with welfare doctors.
(d) That she is not on welfare.

Short Answer Questions

1. How old is Fonsia's oldest grandchild?

2. What is Weller using as a makeshift ashtray at the opening of the play?

3. How old is Fonsia's son?

4. What was the name of Fonsia's husband?

5. What is Fonsia's nickname?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What do the costumes of the two characters at the opening of Act 1, Scene 2 suggest?

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

9. 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?

10. Why might Fonsia have thought that 'this day' was going to be particularly bad in Act 1, Scene 1?

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