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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. According to Weller, the Welfare Department allows people to keep how much money?
(a) $2,000.
(b) $2,500.
(c) $3,000.
(d) $1,500.

2. What is Weller using as a makeshift ashtray at the opening of the play?
(a) The lid of a biscuit tin.
(b) The side of the porch.
(c) An old shoe.
(d) A hub cap.

3. How does the Home, according to Weller, promote the theft of tenants' goods?
(a) By not paying well enough.
(b) By not providing safes.
(c) By understaffing.
(d) By not making theft a firing offense.

4. In this game of gin, what is 'knocking'?
(a) Knocking allows a player to pick up a discarded card.
(b) Knocking is an alternate way of winning based on who has the fewest unmatched points in their hand.
(c) Knocking is allowed once a game and is a pass on drawing a card.
(d) Knocking is a rule only the dealer can invoke requiring the player to discard two cards.

5. When Weller claims to have a good hand, what is Fonsia's response?
(a) "I've got a good one, too."
(b) "I hope you win."
(c) "Good, it's about time."
(d) "May the best woman win."

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How old is Fonsia's oldest grandchild?

3. When Weller suggests that Fonsia check with her doctor and not a welfare quack, what does she snap back at him?

4. What illness does Weller claim he suffers from in Act One?

5. What is Weller's response to Fonsia's winning the last hand of gin in Act 1, Scene 2?

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

3. In Act 1, Scene 2, what according to Weller "seems to happen quite a lot to [Fonsia]," and how could this be seen as helpful to the writing of the play?

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

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

6. What is Fonsia's concern for Weller at the beginning of Act 1, Scene 2?

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

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

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

10. What about the Presbyterian home threatens both characters?

(see the answer keys)

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