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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. Who does Weller claim to be talking to when talking to himself in Act 2, Scene 1?
(a) To his 'little man.'.
(b) To 'the god of Gin.'.
(c) To his 'shadow.'.
(d) To his 'angel.'.

2. What confession does Fonsia make to Weller towards the end of Act 2, Scene 2?
(a) That she did cheat at gin.
(b) That her son does hate her.
(c) That she is also on welfare.
(d) That she did turn him in to the nurses.

3. According to Weller, how many of his teammates attended Cobb's funeral?
(a) 10.
(b) 0.
(c) 100.
(d) 3.

4. After making the mistake of getting sick, what mistake did Weller make next?
(a) The next mistake Weller made was the mistake of falling in love.
(b) Of trying to "fix things."
(c) Of getting well.
(d) Of going back to work.

5. How does Weller use Fonsia's son against her in Act 2, Scene 1?
(a) To underscore her abrasiveness.
(b) To underscore her wealth.
(c) To underscore her loneliness.
(d) To question her honesty.

Short Answer Questions

1. What remark does Weller make in Act 2, Scene 2 that Fonsia considers the most insulting remark she has heard in her life?

2. What are Weller's final words of the play?

3. According to Fonsia in Act 2, Scene 1, if Weller could see himself, he would what?

4. What did Fonsia's son do to create a fissure in their relationship?

5. How is the way in which Fonsia plays her discard in the final hand of the play vindictive?

Short Essay Questions

1. Fonsia criticizes Weller for always blaming his failures on bad luck. How is this criticism true?

2. Explain the exchange of the sweater in Act 2, Scene 2. What could the exchange of the sweater represent?

3. What is the source of Fonsia's friction with her son?

4. In Act 2, Scene 1 Weller says "You can't keep anything around here." What connection does this have with Act 1, Scene 2?

5. Weller criticizes Fonsia for being vindictive. How does she exemplify this behavior?

6. How does the weather differ in Act 2, Scene 2 from other scenes? Why is it important?

7. How did Fonsia fear the lie she told to win employment would be found out?

8. In Act 2, Scene 1, the play takes place in the evening. What is the significance of this time change?

9. Do you think Fonsia 'fed' Weller the Jack of Hearts in Act 2, Scene 1? Explain why.

10. In what way does the rain storm in Act 2, Scene 2 complement Fonsia's emotions?

(see the answer keys)

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