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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. What does Ethel have in her arms?
(a) The clothes off the line.
(b) A picnic basket.
(c) An orphaned bird.
(d) A bundle of firewood.

2. Who is the person in the picture on the mantle that Norman is studying?
(a) Norman cannot remember.
(b) His deceased son.
(c) Billy Ray.
(d) Chelsea.

3. How old does Norman say he will be on his next birthday?
(a) 92.
(b) 103.
(c) 88.
(d) 100.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is coming with Chelsea on her visit?

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

3. What does Ethel suggest Charlie do?

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

5. Who is Elmer?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

4. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

10. Describe what happens when Norman uses the phone.

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