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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. While Weller's face is turning red in frustration, what is Fonsia doing?
(a) Frowning over her cards.
(b) Fiddling with her cards and humming a tune.
(c) Watching television through the window.
(d) Crunching her candy and tapping her foot to a march.

2. What change in appearance has overcome both characters in Act 1, Scene 2?
(a) Both are dressed for cold weather.
(b) They both appear ill.
(c) They are both dressed informally.
(d) They are both neatly dressed.

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

4. How many cards are dealt to the player (non-dealer)?
(a) 11.
(b) 13.
(c) 12.
(d) 10.

5. According to Weller, what is the one sin in card playing?
(a) Discarding the ace of spades.
(b) Betting on the draw.
(c) Playing with joker's wild.
(d) Drawing to an inside straight.

Short Answer Questions

1. As Weller begins losing his temper, he begins yelling. He also begins doing what?

2. How old is Fonsia's son?

3. What is the dietitian's name?

4. What card games is Fonsia familiar with?

5. In Weller's rage, he confirms having what health condition, although he claimed to have no condition in Act 1, Scene 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the scoring, according to the Hollywood style, work in gin?

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

3. 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?

4. 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?

5. How does the weather differ in Act 2, Scene 2 from other scenes? Why is it important?

6. How does Fonsia win the last hand of Act 1, Scene 1, and what might this foreshadow?

7. What word in particular was Fonsia daunted by when working?

8. Fonsia criticizes Weller for being cynical. Can you provide an example from the play of Weller's cynicism?

9. What lie does Fonsia admit to making when seeking employment earlier in life?

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

(see the answer keys)

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