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 card does Weller claim Fonsia fed him in Act 2, Scene 1?
(a) The Jack of Hearts.
(b) The Jack of Clubs.
(c) The Ace of Spades.
(d) The Jack of Diamonds.

2. How is the way in which Fonsia plays her discard in the final hand of the play vindictive?
(a) By laughing hysterically after drawing the card she needed to win.
(b) By calling Weller a name as she calls gin.
(c) By taking Weller's discard and closing the game with it.
(d) By pretending to discard the card Weller needs, then calling gin at the last second.

3. What lie does Weller, through guess work, discover?
(a) Where Fonsia's son lives.
(b) That Fonsia lied about being divorced.
(c) That Fonsia lied about having a sister in Ottawa.
(d) That Fonsia lied about having never played cards before.

4. As Fonsia loses her temper in Act 2, Scene 2, what changes take place in her language?
(a) She begins to curse.
(b) Her statements become condescending.
(c) Her grammar becomes worse.
(d) She increasingly repeats herself.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. According to Weller in Act 2, Scene 1, what happens when you get too far away from playing gin?

3. What day does the final scene of the play take place on?

4. After making the mistake of getting sick, what mistake did Weller make next?

5. In dealing the last hand of gin in Act 2, Scene 2, what does Weller do differently?

Short Essay Questions

1. Given his behavior throughout the play, has Weller gone mad in Act 2, Scene 1?

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

3. How many hands has Weller won throughout the play?

4. In Act 2, Scene 1 Weller says "You can't keep anything around here." What connection does this have with Act 1, Scene 2?

5. 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?

6. Fonsia criticizes Weller for always blaming his failures on bad luck. How is this criticism true?

7. 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?

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

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

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

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