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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. Instead of applying for a job, what does Ethel suggest Norman do?
(a) Go pick more berries.
(b) Vacuum the house.
(c) Volunteer at the senior center.
(d) Go fishing.

2. In answer to Norman's question as to why Charlie never married Chelsea, what does Charlie reply?
(a) Chelsea hated Charlie.
(b) Chelsea was pregnant by another guy.
(c) Charlie was never that interested in Chelsea.
(d) Norman wouldn't let Charlie marry Chelsea.

3. What has Ethel been doing?
(a) Painting by the lake.
(b) Picking berries.
(c) Rowing on the lake.
(d) Visiting with neighbors.

4. Where do Norman and Ethel Thayer return for their anniversary?
(a) Kennebunkport.
(b) Martha's Vineyard.
(c) Boothbay Harbor.
(d) Golden Pond.

5. What happened to Chelsea's husband?
(a) He was married to another woman when he married Chelsea, so the marriage was annulled.
(b) They divorced years ago.
(c) He was killed in an airplane crash.
(d) His boat was lost at sea and he was never found.

Short Answer Questions

1. After Ethel comes into the house, what do she and Norman do?

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

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

4. Who has visited Charlie recently?

5. How old does Norman say he will be on his next birthday?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

5. 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?

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

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

8. 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.

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

10. Describe the setting at the opening of this scene.

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