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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 scoring system does Weller employ in scoring gin?
(a) The Omaha method.
(b) The English basis.
(c) The Hollywood basis.
(d) The Kansis Style.

2. What home does Fonsia wish to go to?
(a) The Calvinist home.
(b) The Presbyterian home.
(c) The Lutheran home.
(d) The Catholic home.

3. What kept Weller from relocating with his family?
(a) His new wife.
(b) Business.
(c) The court.
(d) His parents.

4. At the start of the first hand in Act 1, Scene 2, Fonsia claims gin has what effect on her?
(a) A motivating effect.
(b) A relaxing effect.
(c) An assuring effect.
(d) A stressful effect.

5. What was the name of Fonsia's husband?
(a) Milton.
(b) Larry.
(c) John.
(d) Walter.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How was Fonsia raised?

3. In Act 1, Scene 2, Weller explains how he started enjoying playing gin earlier in life. What context did he play in?

4. What card games is Fonsia familiar with?

5. What is the name of Fonsia's oldest grandchild?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. What is knocking?

4. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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