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 kept Fonsia's husband from using violence against her?

2. In Act 2, Scene 1, Fonsia criticizes Weller for what?

3. What is the Extended Family?

4. Who does Fonsia call for at the end of the play?

5. Who is Weller's accomplice in his ruse in Act 2, Scene 2?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Fonsia criticizes Weller for always blaming his failures on bad luck. How is this criticism true?

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

4. Explain the exchange of the sweater in Act 2, Scene 2. What could the exchange of the sweater represent?

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

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

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

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

9. Weller criticizes Fonsia for being vindictive. How does she exemplify this behavior?

10. In Act 2, Scene 1, the play takes place in the evening. What is the significance of this time change?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Fonsia relates her phobia of misspelling words when she was an apartment manager. What does this story say about her, and is there any truth to Weller's criticism of her for holding this fear?

Essay Topic 2

How does the wardrobe of the two characters change during the course of the play, and what does it represent?

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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