The Gin Game Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

D. L. Coburn
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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. At the start of the first hand in Act 1, Scene 2, Fonsia claims gin has what effect on her?

2. When Weller suggests that Fonsia check with her doctor and not a welfare quack, what does she snap back at him?

3. What is 'reassuring' to Weller?

4. What part of gin does Fonsia wish to stick to at first?

5. What does Weller think drives the management of the Home to provide entertainment?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does the scoring, according to the Hollywood style, work in gin?

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

4. In Act 1, Scene 2, why would Fonsia's father turn over in his grave, according to Weller?

5. What does the moment of faintness that Fonsia suffers in Act 1, Scene 2 reveal about the two characters?

6. According to Weller, what does he believe drives the staff's constant need to entertain the residents of the home?

7. What about the Presbyterian home threatens both characters?

8. How does Fonsia win the last hand of Act 1, Scene 1, and what might this foreshadow?

9. In Act 1, Scene 2, Weller states that "half of them are catatonic... and... the ones who do talk make you appreciate the ones who don't." Who is the quote in regards to, and what is it about the talking that bothers both characters?

10. In what way, according to Weller, does the Home promote theft of its residents by the staff?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How are the 'entertainments' sources of annoyance, not diversion, for Weller?

Essay Topic 2

What role does luck have in the play? For whom is the luck good and for whom is it bad? Please take the context of the characters' histories into account.

Essay Topic 3

How does the poem 'As Leaden as the Aftermath of Wine,' by Alexander Pushkin relate to the play?

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