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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, how can you get more Hollywoods traveling West?
(a) Because there are always more people going that direction.
(b) Because of headwinds.
(c) Because of the number of stops.
(d) Because you get one more Hollywood in LA.

2. How could Weller's statement that 'Gin is a relaxing game,' bear out in Act 1, Scene 2?
(a) Conforming to the action.
(b) In direct contrast to the action.
(c) For Fonsia only.
(d) Perfectly in this scene, but none of the later scenes.

3. What is 'reassuring' to Weller?
(a) That Fonsia isn't even trying.
(b) That Fonsia is carrying high cards.
(c) That Fonsia is getting a big head.
(d) That Fonsia isn't happy about winning.

4. What mistake does Fonsia make in the first hand of the first game that spoils the round?
(a) Fonsia lays her cards up face first.
(b) Fonsia lays down a pair without having gin.
(c) Fonsia calls gin without discarding.
(d) Fonsia tells Weller she has all four aces.

5. What does Weller refer to as "dumb Gin"?
(a) Collecting only straights.
(b) Holding face cards too long.
(c) Knocking.
(d) Collecting royal straights.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Fonsia and Weller, what does the Home lack more than anything else?

2. What day does Act 1, Scene 2 take place?

3. What illness does Fonsia have that requires constant care?

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

5. How is the second hand of the second game won in Act 1, Scene 2?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Gladys Mayes represent in the play?

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

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

4. How does Weller's choice of profanity conform to the opening action in Act 1, Scene 2?

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

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

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

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

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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