The Gin Game Short Essay - Answer Key

D. L. Coburn
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1. In Act 1, Scene 1, what does the condition of the stage setting suggest about the financial standing of the residents?

The setting of the stage suggests that the home is for lower-class, or lower middle-class, residents.

2. What does the attire of the two characters suggest about their respective attitudes in Act 1, Scene 1?

The attire of the two characters is extremely informal - in part pajamas and in part day clothes. This wardrobe suggests that the two characters are indifferent to the opinions of those around them

3. What is Weller's immediate reaction to Fonsia's distress in Act 1, Scene 1, and what does this suggest about his character?

Weller's immediate reaction is one of distracted curiosity. He gets right to the point with his first question, which suggests insightfulness.

4. What is it that you think is bothering Fonsia in Act 1, Scene 1?

Fonsia is depressed because she is adjusting to the home and its lonely lifestyle.

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