The Gin Game Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. What mistake does Weller make in the card game at the end of Act 1?

3. What dish do Weller and Fonsia complain of knowing of no one who likes it?

4. In Act 1, Scene 2, Weller explains how he started enjoying playing gin earlier in life. What context did he play in?

5. How many points do Fonsia and Weller play to in their first game?

Short Essay Questions

1. What health condition of Weller's is Fonsia becoming concerned about at the end of Act 1, Scene 2?

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

3. In the beginning of Act 2, Scene 1, Weller's temper is the subject of the players discussion. What is Fonsia alluding to when she says "I don't think I'm so much afraid of what you're going to do to me. I just don't know what's going to happen next..."

4. Prior to the deal being made in Act 1, Scene 2, how would you characterize this scene - as more of a comedy or a tragedy?

5. What does Gladys Mayes represent in the play?

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

7. Do you think Fonsia 'fed' Weller the Jack of Hearts in Act 2, Scene 1? Explain why.

8. How does Weller's choice of profanity conform to the opening action in Act 1, Scene 2?

9. What is the source of Fonsia's friction with her son?

10. In Act 1, Scene 2, what according to Weller "seems to happen quite a lot to [Fonsia]," and how could this be seen as helpful to the writing of the play?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Is Fonsia vindictive? Is Weller a failure? Please support your responses with examples from the play.

Essay Topic 2

What role does religion have in the play? How does it define the two characters of the play?

Essay Topic 3

What does Weller's story about Gladys Mayes' family represent in the play? Are there common perceptions of the elderly in American society that contribute to this unseen character's unhappiness?

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