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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. According to Weller, what are dietitians not known for?
2. What scoring system does Weller employ in scoring gin?
3. Fonsia wins the first gin game by doing what?
4. After losing the first hand of only their second game, Weller is no longer concerned about what?
5. When Weller begins losing his temper at the game, Fonsia threatens what?
Short Essay Questions
1. What health condition of Weller's is Fonsia becoming concerned about at the end of Act 1, Scene 2?
2. What does Gladys Mayes represent in the play?
3. What does the moment of faintness that Fonsia suffers in Act 1, Scene 2 reveal about the two characters?
4. How would you characterize the questions Weller makes to Fonsia, and how do they propel the first scene of the play?
5. What new and combative aspect in the interaction between the two characters takes place upon Fonsia winning the hand with Queens in Act 1, Scene 2?
6. What is it that you think is bothering Fonsia in Act 1, Scene 1?
7. What is Fonsia's concern for Weller at the beginning of Act 1, Scene 2?
8. How does Fonsia win the last hand of Act 1, Scene 1, and what might this foreshadow?
9. According to Weller, what does he believe drives the staff's constant need to entertain the residents of the home?
10. What does Fonsia's childhood suggest about her character?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The play was first performed in 1976. How do the relationships between men and women, as exemplified by the characters in the play, reflect a broken system? More specifically, what outmoded social roles are followed by the characters and do they contribute to their animosity towards one another?
Essay Topic 2
What is the role of death in the play? What do the characters reveal about old age in the way they discuss it?
Essay Topic 3
The play is considered a tragi-comedy. How does the playwright balance the tragic aspects of the play with the comic?
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