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 change in appearance has overcome both characters in Act 1, Scene 2?

2. Weller describes what as being the worst feeling of his life?

3. Who is the luckiest person Weller has ever seen play gin?

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

5. What part of gin does Fonsia wish to stick to at first?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Gladys Mayes represent in the play?

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

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

6. In Act 1, Scene 1, what does the condition of the stage setting suggest about the financial standing of the residents?

7. What do you think is Weller's opinion of the other residents of the home after reading Act 1, Scene 1?

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What role does religion have in the play? How does it define the two characters of the play?

Essay Topic 2

How does the poem 'As Leaden as the Aftermath of Wine,' by Alexander Pushkin relate to 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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