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. Who is the luckiest person Weller has ever seen play gin?

2. What is Fonsia's last name?

3. What is the name of Fonsia's youngest grandchild?

4. Weller draws what insult from the following statement by Fonsia: "I can't help it"?

5. When Weller begins losing his temper at the game, Fonsia threatens what?

Short Essay Questions

1. Weller criticizes Fonsia for being vindictive. How does she exemplify this behavior?

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

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. What about the Presbyterian home threatens both characters?

5. In Act 1, Scene 1, what does the condition of the stage setting suggest about the financial standing of the residents?

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

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

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

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

10. How did Fonsia fear the lie she told to win employment would be found out?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

How do Fonsia's actions and confessions in the later half of the play diverge from the facade of her character in the first half of the play?

Essay Topic 2

Fonsia relates her phobia of misspelling words when she was an apartment manager. What does this story say about her, and is there any truth to Weller's criticism of her for holding this fear?

Essay Topic 3

How much do the two characters value truth? Which character hides the truth, which one lies outright, and what does this suggest about one over the other?

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