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. How did Fonsia separate from her husband?

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

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

4. In Act 2, Scene 2, what does Weller accuse Fonsia of doing by coming out to the porch when she knew it was a ruse?

5. What remark does Weller make in Act 2, Scene 2 that Fonsia considers the most insulting remark she has heard in her life?

Short Essay Questions

1. Besides apologizing, what other emotional techniques does Weller use to convince Fonsia to play a round of cards in Act 2, Scene 1?

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

3. Do you think Fonsia 'fed' Weller the Jack of Hearts in Act 2, Scene 1? Explain why.

4. In what way does the rain storm in Act 2, Scene 2 complement Fonsia's emotions?

5. Weller guesses that Fonsia lied to him about her son's whereabouts. What is the significance of the lie, and what other lies has she told?

6. What does Weller mean when he says "people say exactly what the hell they mean- then they say, 'I was only kidding.'"

7. In the beginning of Act 2, Scene 1, Weller's temper is the subject of the players discussion. What is Fonsia alluding to when she says "I don't think I'm so much afraid of what you're going to do to me. I just don't know what's going to happen next..."

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

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

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

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

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 3

Why is Weller so upset about being made a model retiree by the family of Gladys Mayes? How does this relate to him disguising his illness, and how does it contribute to his contempt of the staff and residents of the Home?

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