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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 Norman mention to Ethel at the opening of this scene?
(a) That Chelsea is past childbearing age and is childless.
(b) That Chelsea did not marry Charlie.
(c) That Norman finds Ethel as attractive as the day they met.
(d) That Bill Ray does not like fishing.

2. What is the purpose of the things that are hanging?
(a) To show some family movies to Bill Ray.
(b) To make the living room more natural.
(c) To demonstrate Norman's former prowess as a hunter.
(d) To wish Norman a Happy Birthday and welcome to Chelsea.

3. How does Ethel respond to Norman's comment?
(a) That she still thinks Norman's a handsome devil.
(b) That Bill Ray does like to hunt.
(c) That Norman had intimidated all of Chelsea's boyfriends.
(d) That Chelsea would have been bored stiff at a life with Charlie.

4. How does Ethel respond when Chelsea continues to speak about her father being difficult?
(a) She is sympathetic.
(b) She gets exasperated.
(c) She denies that he has been that difficult.
(d) She gets angry.

5. What does Bill say he saw when he comes into the house?
(a) A bear.
(b) A red-tailed hawk.
(c) A pair of loons.
(d) A doe with her fawn.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the first thing Norman says to Billy after his father goes outside?

2. What does young Billy announce when he enters the living room?

3. What do Bill and Norman talk about mostly at the beginning of their conversation?

4. What is Norman's response to Chelsea's request?

5. What does Ethel lament about when Norman comes into the room?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the opening scene in Act 2, Scene 1.

2. How does the way Ethel behaves in helping Norman and Billy get off to the lake demonstrate an aspect of her personality?

3. What regret does Norman express and what may that regret foreshadow?

4. What can be inferred by the fact that Norman calls Billy by the name Chelsea from time to time?

5. What does Norman tell Ethel she shouldn't do in front of Chelsea and her boyfriend and how does this brief exchange between Norman and Ethel demonstrate a difference in their personality?

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

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

8. The scene when Billy Ray is introduced gives subtle clues as to how Norman may not be quite as gruff as first appears and how Chelsea misses the clue. Elaborate on this scene.

9. Describe Bill's appearance and Billy and Norman returning from downstairs and how does this give readers a sense who Bill is?

10. The fact that Ethel twice suggests that Chelsea make amends with her father because he is old and will not live much longer seems to clearly be foreshadowing something. What do you think it foreshadows?

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