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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 Fonsia in Act 2, Scene 1, if Weller could see himself, he would what?
2. Who is Weller's accomplice in his ruse in Act 2, Scene 2?
3. According to Fonsia in Act 2, Scene 1, she isn't being tough, but is instead what?
4. What game does Weller deal while he and Fonsia converse at the start of Act 2, Scene 1?
5. How was Weller possibly a dishonest business man?
Short Essay Questions
1. Fonsia criticizes Weller for being cynical. Can you provide an example from the play of Weller's cynicism?
2. 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?
3. What lie does Fonsia admit to making when seeking employment earlier in life?
4. What is the source of Fonsia's friction with her son?
5. What has Fonsia done to Weller since their last meeting in Act 2, Scene 1 that has upset him?
6. 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?
7. What word in particular was Fonsia daunted by when working?
8. Fonsia criticizes Weller for always blaming his failures on bad luck. How is this criticism true?
9. In Act 2, Scene 1, the play takes place in the evening. What is the significance of this time change?
10. In what way does the rain storm in Act 2, Scene 2 complement Fonsia's emotions?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
How are the 'entertainments' sources of annoyance, not diversion, for Weller?
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