The Gin Game Test | Final 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 accuse Fonsia of doing in Act 2, Scene 2?

2. What day does the final scene of the play take place on?

3. What happened to Weller's business?

4. What evidence does Weller provide in Act 2, Scene 2 to reflect Fonsia's vindictiveness?

5. What ruse does Weller use to get Fonsia to come out and see him on the porch in Act 2, Scene 2?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the weather differ in Act 2, Scene 2 from other scenes? Why is it important?

2. What word in particular was Fonsia daunted by when working?

3. Given his behavior throughout the play, has Weller gone mad in Act 2, Scene 1?

4. In Act 2, Scene 1, are Weller's apologies sincere? What about his motive?

5. Although Weller disagrees at first, why does Fonsia think he wants her on the porch in Act 2, Scene 2?

6. In Act 2, Scene 1 Weller says "You can't keep anything around here." What connection does this have with Act 1, Scene 2?

7. In what way does the weather follow Weller's cues in Act 2, Scene 2?

8. What has Fonsia done to Weller since their last meeting in Act 2, Scene 1 that has upset him?

9. What lie does Fonsia admit to making when seeking employment earlier in life?

10. How is Mrs. Mayes used by Weller to get Fonsia on the porch in Act 2, Scene 2?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

Is Weller dishonest as Fonsia suggests of him? What instances of dishonesty are present in the play?

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