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 is the dietitian's name?

2. Where does Fonsia's sister live?

3. What day does Act 1, Scene 2 take place?

4. What home does Fonsia wish to go to?

5. According to Weller, the Welfare Department allows people to keep how much money?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is knocking?

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

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. 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. 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?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How are the two characters hypocritical in the play? What does this reveal about them?

Essay Topic 2

How is the game of gin in this play used as a metaphor for life?

Essay Topic 3

The play was first performed in 1976. How do the relationships between men and women, as exemplified by the characters in the play, reflect a broken system? More specifically, what outmoded social roles are followed by the characters and do they contribute to their animosity towards one another?

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