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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. Weller's temper raises what concern for Fonsia?
(a) That Weller will have a stroke.
(b) That Weller will begin breaking things.
(c) That Weller will start to curse.
(d) That Weller will strike her.

2. What is Weller's last name?
(a) Mosley.
(b) Ones.
(c) James.
(d) Martin.

3. What is the minimum number of cards needed for a straight in gin?
(a) 3 cards.
(b) 5 cards.
(c) 4 cards.
(d) 2 cards.

4. How is the second hand of the second game won in Act 1, Scene 2?
(a) By Fonsia, who receives a perfect hand.
(b) By Fonsia, who knocks to win.
(c) By Weller, who receives a perfect hand.
(d) By Weller, who wins in three rounds.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In Act 1, Scene 2, what does Weller attribute the winning streak to?

2. What mistake does Weller make in the card game at the end of Act 1?

3. Who is the luckiest person Weller has ever seen play gin?

4. How many cards are dealt to the dealer in the gin game?

5. How large are the rooms at the home, according to Fonsia?

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

3. 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?

4. 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?

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

6. Why might Fonsia have thought that 'this day' was going to be particularly bad in Act 1, Scene 1?

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

8. What about the Presbyterian home threatens both characters?

9. Why don't "we have to worry about [Fonsia's] memory any more?"

10. What is knocking?

(see the answer keys)

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