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 home does Fonsia wish to go to?

2. What three cards does Weller need to win at the end of Act 1?

3. What is Weller's last name?

4. How is the first game of gin won in Act 1, Scene 2?

5. How many cards are dealt to the dealer in the gin game?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is Fonsia's concern for Weller at the beginning of Act 1, Scene 2?

4. 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?

5. What about the Presbyterian home threatens both characters?

6. What new and combative aspect in the interaction between the two characters takes place upon Fonsia winning the hand with Queens in Act 1, Scene 2?

7. 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?

8. What 'admiral... minor virtues' did Fonsia's father personify, and how do you think they might contrast with Weller's character?

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

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 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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