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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. Who is coming with Chelsea on her visit?
(a) No one.
(b) Her best friend from high school.
(c) Her two poodles.
(d) Her new boyfriend.

2. For what reason is Chelsea going to visit?
(a) For Norman's birthday.
(b) To announce a big surprise.
(c) To go fishing with Norman.
(d) Because she is moving overseas and it is the last time she'll see her parents for several years.

3. How old was Miss Appley on her last birthday?
(a) 87.
(b) 97.
(c) 100.
(d) 89.

4. What reason does Norman suggest for Elmer falling into the fireplace?
(a) He wanted attention from Ethel.
(b) He is attempting suicide.
(c) He is old and clumsy.
(d) He did not fall in the fireplace; he fell down the chimney.

5. What happened to Miss Appley last week?
(a) She died.
(b) She gave a speech at the Daughters of the Revolution luncheon.
(c) She drove to New Hampshire.
(d) She feel off a ladder.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Ethel hand Norman a bucket?

2. Whose boat pulls up to the dock?

3. What does Ethel suggest Charlie do?

4. Where is Chelsea going after stopping to see her parents?

5. What is the name of their daughter who visits them?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Describe Ethel and a little about her.

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

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

7. Another bit of conversation at the end of this scene is indicative of a recurrent theme of this play. Describe the conversation and briefly say what the theme is you think it is bringing up.

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

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

10. What does Charlie suggest about the broken screen door; what is Ethel's reply and why do you think she responds the way she does?

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