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

2. In Act 2, Scene 2, how does Fonsia drive home the example of Weller always having to be 'the victim of bad luck,' as opposed to accepting his mistakes?
(a) By suggesting his temper has lost him more than a gin partner.
(b) By suggesting his wife wouldn't have left him had he been a stronger man.
(c) By suggesting his business partners were probably better business men.
(d) By suggesting he was always bound for welfare.

3. According to Fonsia, why does she acquiesce and play a game of gin in Act 2, Scene 1?
(a) Because she didn't want to interact with the Extended Family.
(b) Because it might shut Weller up.
(c) Because Weller would only pester her until she played.
(d) Because the Sunshine Ladies were running late.

4. According to Weller, Fonsia makes harsh judgments. How does he feel that she's judged him?
(a) All answers are correct.
(b) Made him out to be a hopeless sinner.
(c) Made him out to be crazy.
(d) Made him out to be a potential murderer.

5. According to Fonsia in Act 2, Scene 2, what is it that she likes about Weller?
(a) His stories.
(b) His intellect.
(c) His sarcasm.
(d) His sense of humor.

Short Answer Questions

1. What time of day does Act 2, Scene 1 take place?

2. How does Weller plan to trick Fonsia in Act 2, Scene 1?

3. How did Weller lose his savings?

4. Who was Ty Cobb?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How is Fonsia reminded of her mother in Act 2, Scene 1?

6. In the beginning of Act 2, Scene 1, Weller's temper is the subject of the players discussion. What is Fonsia alluding to when she says "I don't think I'm so much afraid of what you're going to do to me. I just don't know what's going to happen next..."

7. Weller guesses that Fonsia lied to him about her son's whereabouts. What is the significance of the lie, and what other lies has she told?

8. What word in particular was Fonsia daunted by when working?

9. How many hands has Weller won throughout the play?

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

(see the answer keys)

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