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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. How did Fonsia separate from her husband?
(a) By putting everything he owned on the street.
(b) By moving out of the house.
(c) By packing up her son and leaving town.
(d) By suing him for everything he had.

2. Why does Weller seek out Fonsia at the beginning of Act 2?
(a) To tell her his watch was found by the police.
(b) To check on her condition.
(c) To tell her that her family is there to see her.
(d) To apologize to her.

3. According to Fonsia in Act 2, Scene 1, she isn't being tough, but is instead what?
(a) Fed up.
(b) Being fair.
(c) Tired.
(d) Not feeling hospitable.

4. How is the way in which Fonsia plays her discard in the final hand of the play vindictive?
(a) By taking Weller's discard and closing the game with it.
(b) By calling Weller a name as she calls gin.
(c) By pretending to discard the card Weller needs, then calling gin at the last second.
(d) By laughing hysterically after drawing the card she needed to win.

5. Why does Fonsia discard a Jack in Act 2, Scene 1?
(a) Because Weller citicized her for holding too many face cards earlier.
(b) Because she doesn't need it.
(c) So Weller can win a hand.
(d) Because she hoped to close the game with the next hand.

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. In Act 2, Scene 1, Fonsia teasingly says what to Weller?

3. Why does Fonsia think Weller wants to meet her on the porch in Act 2, Scene 2?

4. How long was Weller in the Bel Air convalescent home?

5. What evidence does Weller provide in Act 2, Scene 2 to reflect Fonsia's vindictiveness?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. In Act 2, Scene 1, are Weller's apologies sincere? What about his motive?

4. Given his behavior throughout the play, has Weller gone mad in Act 2, Scene 1?

5. In what way does the weather follow Weller's cues in Act 2, Scene 2?

6. Fonsia criticizes Weller for being cynical. Can you provide an example from the play of Weller's cynicism?

7. What is the significance of the choir striking up in the last moments of the closing scene of the play? What kind of tune might they be singing?

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

9. What point is Weller trying to drive home to Fonsia in his relation of the Ty Cobb story in Act 2, Scene 1?

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

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