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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) 59.
(b) 69.
(c) 77.
(d) 92.

2. Who does Norman yell to to ask him/her to open the door?
(a) Chelsea.
(b) Ethel.
(c) The maid.
(d) The cook.

3. What makes Norman believe he might be qualified for the job?
(a) His mother was Italian.
(b) He has had a flower garden every year.
(c) He has owned more than 20 cars in his lifetime.
(d) He is a retired lawyer.

4. Where are the bedrooms in this house?
(a) In a separate mother-in-law cabin.
(b) Upstairs.
(c) One big room serves as the living room and sleeping area.
(d) On the east end of the first floor.

5. What happened to the screen door?
(a) The spring on it popped off.
(b) Nothing; it is fine.
(c) It fell off its hinges.
(d) The screen is torn.

Short Answer Questions

1. When does Norman express interest in the contents of Chelsea's letter?

2. Why didn't Norman pick any more berries?

3. What does Ethel suggest Charlie do?

4. For what job does Norman contemplate applying?

5. How old is Norman?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Briefly describe Norman Thayer, the first character on the set.

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

5. Describe Ethel and a little about her.

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

7. Who is Charlie and what is a little about his life and/or history?

8. Who is the elderly couple in the play and where are they arriving at the opening of the play?

9. Give a brief synopsis of Ethel and Charlie's conversation and what the author may be showing through this conversation.

10. The fact that Norman attempts to get Charlie to discuss baseball foreshadows several other times that Norman uses baseball to hide his discomfort in carrying on meaningful conversations, particularly concerning Chelsea. What is foreshadowing?

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