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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. In Act 2, Scene 2, Fonsia counters that it is Weller who is vindictive. In what way?
2. How is the way in which Fonsia plays her discard in the final hand of the play vindictive?
3. In Act 2, Scene 1, who does Weller claim gave Fonsia the card she needed?
4. In dealing the last hand of gin in Act 2, Scene 2, what does Weller do differently?
5. At the end of Act 2, Scene 1, what does Fonsia threaten to do to Weller?
Short Essay Questions
1. In Act 2, Scene 1 Weller says "You can't keep anything around here." What connection does this have with Act 1, Scene 2?
2. Fonsia criticizes Weller for being cynical. Can you provide an example from the play of Weller's cynicism?
3. Although Weller disagrees at first, why does Fonsia think he wants her on the porch in Act 2, Scene 2?
4. 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?
5. How many hands has Weller won throughout the play?
6. In Act 2, Scene 1, the play takes place in the evening. What is the significance of this time change?
7. In what way does the weather follow Weller's cues in Act 2, Scene 2?
8. What point is Weller trying to drive home to Fonsia in his relation of the Ty Cobb story in Act 2, Scene 1?
9. Do you think Fonsia 'fed' Weller the Jack of Hearts in Act 2, Scene 1? Explain why.
10. What lie does Fonsia admit to making when seeking employment earlier in life?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
What role does religion have in the play? How does it define the two characters of the play?
Essay Topic 2
Is Fonsia vindictive? Is Weller a failure? Please support your responses with examples from the play.
Essay Topic 3
How are Weller and Fonsia's ex-spouses similar in nature? How are they different from her father as she remembers him? Is her son the victim of preconceived notions of hers?
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