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

2. What is the name of the home?
(a) Horace.
(b) Granger.
(c) Bentley.
(d) Aston.

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

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

5. How long has Fonsia been at the home?
(a) Three days.
(b) Three weeks.
(c) Four weeks.
(d) Two weeks.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Where does Fonsia's sister live?

3. What does Weller blame his relationship with his children on?

4. How did Fonsia get over the 'spells' she had after her divorce?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Fonsia's childhood suggest about her character?

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

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

5. Prior to the deal being made in Act 1, Scene 2, how would you characterize this scene - as more of a comedy or a tragedy?

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

7. 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?

8. 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?

9. What about the Presbyterian home threatens both characters?

10. What is Weller's immediate reaction to Fonsia's distress in Act 1, Scene 1, and what does this suggest about his character?

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