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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How old is Norman's wife?
(a) 77.
(b) 69.
(c) 59.
(d) 92.

2. What is Norman doing when Act 1, Scene 2 opens?
(a) Reading the classified ads.
(b) Talking to Chelsea on the telephone.
(c) Riding his exercise bike.
(d) Cooking dinner.

3. Whose boat pulls up to the dock?
(a) No one's.
(b) The neighbor's.
(c) Charlie's.
(d) The police chief's.

4. Why has the person called?
(a) To tell Norman that he was in the hospital.
(b) To say that she would be there by dinner.
(c) No one is on the phone.
(d) Because Norman called that person.

5. What is a possible reason why Norman hasn't gone fishing?
(a) The bass are about fished out of this lake.
(b) His pole is at the repair shop.
(c) He is getting senile and fearful.
(d) The boat has a leak.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the couple watch as the scene closes?

2. Who liked Chelsea when he was young?

3. Why does Ethel hand Norman a bucket?

4. Who is on the phone when it rings?

5. What is one thing Charlie brought with him?

Short Essay Questions

1. What question does Norman ask Charlie and what is the implication of Charlie's answer?

2. Who visits Norman and Ethel and what do they leave there?

3. How does the broken screen door come into play again and how does it give the reader a better understanding of Norman's character?

4. Describe what happens when Norman uses the phone.

5. Describe Ethel and a little about her.

6. What does Charlie say about Chelsea and children and what does this possibly reveal about Charlie as a person?

7. Give a brief description of the setting at the opening of the play.

8. What makes the reader think that Charlie still feels some interest in Chelsea?

9. What other elderly couple is mentioned in this scene and what does Ethel say about them?

10. Describe the interaction between Ethel and Norman in this scene and say what you think it may mean.

(see the answer keys)

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