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. According to Weller in Act 2, Scene 1, what is the hottest topic of discussion at the Home?

2. How does Fonsia explain her son's disinterest in visiting her?

3. What card does Weller give Fonsia in the final hand, that he claims to know she needs?

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

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

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

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

4. What is the source of Fonsia's friction with her son?

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

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

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

8. Towards the end of Act 2, Scene 1, Weller begins talking to himself. How is this 'craziness' foreshadowed?

9. What is the significance of the choir striking up in the last moments of the closing scene of the play? What kind of tune might they be singing?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why is Weller so driven to play cards? Why is winning against Fonsia so important for him?

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

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

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