The Gin Game Test | Final Test - Medium

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. What compliment does Weller make to Fonsia in Act 2, Scene 1?
(a) For her style.
(b) For her card playing.
(c) For her good manners.
(d) For having a good mind.

2. In Act 2, Scene 2, Fonsia counters that it is Weller who is vindictive. In what way?
(a) Because he sued his partners just to get even.
(b) Because he will say anything to get her to play gin.
(c) Because he has no relationship with his children.
(d) For creating the rouse to get her out on the porch.

3. Who was Ty Cobb?
(a) A baseball player.
(b) A football player.
(c) A basketball player.
(d) A musician.

4. How did Weller lose his savings?
(a) He became ill.
(b) He spent his savings on trying to reconnect with his family.
(c) Gambling.
(d) He spent his savings in trying to win back his business.

5. What evidence does Weller provide in Act 2, Scene 2 to reflect Fonsia's vindictiveness?
(a) Her plyaing of the Jack of Hearts.
(b) Her treatment of the Ash St. House.
(c) Mrs. Gibran.
(d) Her ex-husband.

Short Answer Questions

1. What force does Weller decide is at hand in Fonsia's winning streak in Act 2, Scene 1?

2. What did Fonsia's son do to create a fissure in their relationship?

3. When is lightning used in the final scene of the play?

4. What signs does Weller show of possibly having a heart attack?

5. What game does Weller deal while he and Fonsia converse at the start of Act 2, Scene 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. Besides apologizing, what other emotional techniques does Weller use to convince Fonsia to play a round of cards in Act 2, Scene 1?

2. 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?

3. Towards the end of Act 2, Scene 1, Weller begins talking to himself. How is this 'craziness' foreshadowed?

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

5. What does Weller mean when he says "people say exactly what the hell they mean- then they say, 'I was only kidding.'"

6. In Act 2, Scene 1, the play takes place in the evening. What is the significance of this time change?

7. In Act 2, Scene 1, are Weller's apologies sincere? What about his motive?

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. How is Mrs. Mayes used by Weller to get Fonsia on the porch in Act 2, Scene 2?

10. Although Weller disagrees at first, why does Fonsia think he wants her on the porch in Act 2, Scene 2?

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