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. According to Weller, what are dietitians not known for?

2. How old is Fonsia's youngest grandchild?

3. What is the name of the home?

4. How old is Fonsia's oldest grandchild?

5. What mistake does Fonsia make in the first hand of the first game that spoils the round?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Gladys Mayes represent in the play?

4. What do the costumes of the two characters at the opening of Act 1, Scene 2 suggest?

5. How would you characterize the questions Weller makes to Fonsia, and how do they propel the first scene of the play?

6. 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?

7. What does Fonsia's childhood suggest about her character?

8. Why don't "we have to worry about [Fonsia's] memory any more?"

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

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

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does the wardrobe of the two characters change during the course of the play, and what does it represent?

Essay Topic 2

Why is Weller so upset about being made a model retiree by the family of Gladys Mayes? How does this relate to him disguising his illness, and how does it contribute to his contempt of the staff and residents of the Home?

Essay Topic 3

What is the role of death in the play? What do the characters reveal about old age in the way they discuss it?

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