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

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

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

4. What is Charlie's response to Ethel's suggestion?
(a) Certain he can fix it.
(b) He loves the summer heat.
(c) Excited.
(d) Afraid it would be boring.

5. Who is knocking on the door?
(a) Chelsea.
(b) Ethel.
(c) The neighbor.
(d) Charles.

Short Answer Questions

1. How old is Norman's wife?

2. Who does Ethel invite in for coffee?

3. How old was Miss Appley on her last birthday?

4. In the story that Ethel tells about when the character in question #26 was young, what was he carrying?

5. Who is knocking on the door?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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 Ethel say about the neighbors and what is Norman's response?

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

6. 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?

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

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

9. 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?

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

(see the answer keys)

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