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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. 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) "May the best woman win."
(d) "Good, it's about time."

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

3. What score does Fonsia win the fourth hand of gin with in Act 1, Scene 2?
(a) 91.
(b) 142.
(c) 33.
(d) 75.

4. How was Fonsia raised?
(a) As an 'old time Methodist.'
(b) As a 'stoic Presbyterian.'
(c) As a Southern Baptist.
(d) As an Orthodox Jew.

5. How large are the rooms at the home, according to Fonsia?
(a) 12 foot by 12 foot cubes.
(b) 8 foot by 8 foot closets.
(c) 10 foot square boxes.
(d) 10 foot by 15 foot shoe boxes.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. 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?

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

4. What does the family of Gladys Maye do to Weller that annoys him?

5. What mistake does Fonsia make in the first hand of the first game that spoils the round?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

7. What does Gladys Mayes represent in the play?

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

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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