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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. How does Chelsea greet her mother?
(a) With indifference.
(b) Her mother is not there; she's gone up to change.
(c) With a demand that she make some of her special tea.
(d) Warmly.

2. What was Norman's overall impression of Bill?
(a) That he was nice.
(b) That he was condescending.
(c) That he was arrogant.
(d) That he was talkative.

3. Why does Ethel talk to Norman before he leaves?
(a) To ask him to take her to town before he leaves.
(b) She doesn't catch him before he's gone.
(c) To ask him to do something about the spider.
(d) To suggest he wear a raincoat.

4. What slight derogatory comment does Norman make about Bill?
(a) That he wants to sleep in the same room with Chelsea.
(b) That his dental work prices are outrageous.
(c) That his teeth aren't very nice for being a dentist.
(d) That his son seems somewhat illiterate.

5. How does Chelsea respond to Norman's attempts to choose the topic of conversation?
(a) She forces him to talk about the two of them.
(b) She is quiet.
(c) She gets enthusiastic about the Dodgers.
(d) She tells Norman she hates baseball and always has.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Ethel think Norman and Billy shouldn't go fishing?

2. What financial question does Norman ask Bill?

3. What does Norman say about his and Chelsea's relationship?

4. With what does Ethel replace the food Billy has in his hand?

5. What book does Norman suggest that Billy read?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the scene that occurs after Charlie arrives and what theme this vignette may illustrate.

2. One of the statements Bill makes to Norman about Norman's teasing suggests that Chelsea has already prejudiced Bill towards Norman. Describe the scene and say if you think it was fair or wise of Chelsea to "warn" Bill.

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

4. Referring back to your answer in question #25, venture a guess as to why Chelsea's boyfriends were timid around Norman.

5. What theme is illustrated by what Ethel does right after Norman and Billy leave?

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

7. How, at this point in the play, is Billy's relationship with Norman different from that of Chelsea with her father, Norman?

8. 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?

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

10. How does the first interaction between Chelsea and her parents show the reader the relationship between Chelsea and each of her parents?

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