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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. About what does Ethel complain?
(a) That Norman never goes outside.
(b) That Chelsea hasn't called.
(c) That Norman cheats at cards.
(d) That the postman dropped the letters in a puddle and got them wet.

2. Of what ethnic group does Norman seem prejudiced?
(a) Blacks.
(b) Arabs.
(c) Hispanics.
(d) Jews.

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

4. What did Norman think about Chelsea's swimming abilities.?
(a) He thought she was Olympic material.
(b) He was happy that she was a superb diver.
(c) He criticized her abilities when she was on the swim team.
(d) He thought she shouldn't be on the swim team.

5. What does Norman do when Ethel and Charlie are discussing Chelsea?
(a) Ties flys for fishing.
(b) Tries to interest Charlie in a discussion of baseball.
(c) Cleans his shotgun.
(d) Gets up and goes outside.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Ethel see in the woods?

2. What happens to the package in question #27?

3. What is Norman concerned about in going to the neighbors' house for dinner?

4. What is the best description of the living room?

5. What is a possible reason why Norman hasn't gone fishing?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is both a foreshadowing and a "frame" for the play that occurs at the end of this scene?

2. Describe the two fishermen's interaction as they leave for the dock.

3. What does Norman suggest to Ethel after the phone call and what is her response?

4. How does the interaction between Norman and Billy Ray in this introductory scene demonstrate the probability that their relationship will be different from the one that Chelsea experienced with her father when she was young?

5. What theme is illustrated by what Ethel does right after Norman and Billy leave?

6. What picture does Norman pick up and what is the story behind it?

7. What does Ethel confess to Norman?

8. Describe Bill's appearance and Billy and Norman returning from downstairs and how does this give readers a sense who Bill is?

9. Describe Ethel's concern and role in that day's fishing venture.

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

(see the answer keys)

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