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. What does Weller blame his relationship with his children on?

2. How many kids does Weller have?

3. What was the name of Fonsia's husband?

4. What is the first move of the gin game?

5. What is it in Act 1, Scene 2 that makes Fonsia dizzy?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Act 1, Scene 1, what conditions find the two characters at the home?

2. What is knocking?

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. What confession does Weller make about himself as it relates to his interaction with the family of Gladys Mayes?

5. At the beginning of Act 1, Scene 2, Weller's actions contrast his earlier behavior and his current dress. How so, and what does this suggest about him?

6. Why might Fonsia have thought that 'this day' was going to be particularly bad in Act 1, Scene 1?

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

8. 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?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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 3

Each scene is set apart by the time of day, the day of week, and the weather in the scene. How do these components complement the action and dialogue of each scene?

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