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. Who are the Sunshine Ladies?

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

3. What kind of work did Fonsia do before retiring?

4. How does Fonsia win the last hand of gin in Act 2, Scene 1?

5. In Act 2, Scene 2, how does Fonsia drive home the example of Weller always having to be 'the victim of bad luck,' as opposed to accepting his mistakes?

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

3. 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..."

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

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

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

7. Fonsia criticizes Weller for being cynical. Can you provide an example from the play of Weller's cynicism?

8. What point is Weller trying to drive home to Fonsia in his relation of the Ty Cobb story in Act 2, Scene 1?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Is Fonsia vindictive? Is Weller a failure? Please support your responses with examples from the play.

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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