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 refer to as "dumb Gin"?

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

3. What home does Fonsia wish to go to?

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

5. What illness does Fonsia have that requires constant care?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

4. 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?

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

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

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

8. What is the simple truth about old age homes - a truth not even wealth can correct, according to Weller? How might the two characters thwart this truth?

9. In Act 1, Scene 2, why would Fonsia's father turn over in his grave, according to Weller?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

How are the 'entertainments' sources of annoyance, not diversion, for Weller?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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