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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 dish do Weller and Fonsia complain of knowing of no one who likes it?
(a) Celery root.
(b) Boiled spinach.
(c) Creamed corn.
(d) Stewed tomatoes.

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

3. How did Fonsia get over the 'spells' she had after her divorce?
(a) Crying fits.
(b) Medication.
(c) The demands of raising her family.
(d) Time.

4. What is the name of Fonsia's youngest grandchild?
(a) Larry.
(b) Bagley.
(c) Lonny.
(d) Steven.

5. Weller describes what as being the worst feeling of his life?
(a) A kind of panic attack.
(b) His divorce proceedings.
(c) His losing streak.
(d) His first week in the Home.

Short Answer Questions

1. Fonsia wins a hand of gin that Weller would have won had he knocked. What card is she waiting for that eventually wins her the hand?

2. What is Fonsia's last name?

3. What three cards does Weller need to win at the end of Act 1?

4. What scoring system does Weller employ in scoring gin?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What about the Presbyterian home threatens both characters?

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

5. What health condition of Weller's is Fonsia becoming concerned about at the end of Act 1, Scene 2?

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

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

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

9. What new and combative aspect in the interaction between the two characters takes place upon Fonsia winning the hand with Queens in Act 1, Scene 2?

10. In Act 1, Scene 1, what does the condition of the stage setting suggest about the financial standing of the residents?

(see the answer keys)

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