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

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

3. What does Norman ask the phone operator to do?
(a) To call his brother at the hospital.
(b) To call him back to check the phone's status.
(c) Norman does not speak to the operator.
(d) To ring up Chelsea's cell phone.

4. What is the best description of the living room?
(a) Tidy and organized.
(b) Austere.
(c) Filled to overflowing with junk.
(d) Disorganized.

5. How many acts does this play have?
(a) Two.
(b) Three.
(c) One.
(d) Four.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is knocking on the door?

2. What does Ethel plan to do with the berries she's picked?

3. How could Norman's memory best be described?

4. What makes Norman believe he might be qualified for the job?

5. Who is coming with Chelsea on her visit?

Short Essay Questions

1. The opening conversation in this scene brings up an idea already discussed in the previous scene. What does the conversation concern?

2. The last thing Ethel says in the book can be considered a "double entendre," i.e., that it can have a dual meaning. What is the act in the book and what are the two possible meanings?

3. What does Norman do that causes his angina to flare up?

4. When does Norman become interested in Chelsea's letter and why might that be?

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

6. What does Ethel do after Norman and Billy leave?

7. Though Norman makes no blatant prejudiced statements about Jews, what he does say implies his bigotry. In your own words, what statements seem to suggest that Norman is prejudiced against Jewish people?

8. What does Norman apologize for and how might a reader interpret that apology?

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

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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