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. How did Fonsia get over the 'spells' she had after her divorce?

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

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

4. How many kids does Weller have?

5. What does the family of Gladys Maye do to Weller that annoys him?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

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

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

6. 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?

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

8. What does Gladys Mayes represent in the play?

9. What is it that you think is bothering Fonsia in Act 1, Scene 1?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How are Weller and Fonsia's ex-spouses similar in nature? How are they different from her father as she remembers him? Is her son the victim of preconceived notions of hers?

Essay Topic 2

Is Weller dishonest as Fonsia suggests of him? What instances of dishonesty are present in the play?

Essay Topic 3

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

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