On Golden Pond Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. For what reason is Chelsea going to visit?

2. What is Norman using to aid his activity in the opening of the scene?

3. What did Norman think about Chelsea's swimming abilities.?

4. How many summers have Norman and Ethel Thayer been coming to this setting?

5. Whose boat pulls up to the dock?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

4. What other elderly couple is mentioned in this scene and what does Ethel say about them?

5. Describe the scene and conversation about Elmer.

6. What is both a foreshadowing and a "frame" for the play that occurs at the end of this scene?

7. 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?

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

10. Describe Ethel and a little about her.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The first character the reader meets is Norman Thayer. Answer the following questions in a coherent essay using detailed examples from the entire play:

1). Describe Norman physical characteristics.

2). How does the way he is dressed and his actions help portray who he is as a personality?

3). Just from reading about him in Act 1, Scene 1, what would you think are some of his personality traits? Give specific examples for each trait you mention.

Essay Topic 2

It is obvious that the opening of the Lakeside Cottage is a tradition that goes back many years; in fact, we are told this is the 48th summer that Norman and Ethel have come to their "home in the woods." Answer the following questions in a coherent essay using detailed examples from the entire play:

1). What do you think the fact that these two have spent 48 summers at this Lake says about them as people?

2). Can you imagine always spending your summers at the same place every year?

3). If you answer yes to the above question, describe the place that you would like to go for that many summers.

4). If you answer "no" to question 2, describe several places that you would want to go for vacations.

5). Are there any traditions you and your family maintain year after year?

Essay Topic 3

In Act 1, Scene 3, young Billy Ray is introduced and hits if off immediately with Norman, who has a somewhat strained relationship with his own daughter, Chelsea. Answer the following questions in a coherent essay using detailed examples from the entire play:

1). Why do you think Norman seems more relaxed and open to Billy Ray versus Chelsea?

2). Do you think Norman would have preferred a son rather than a daughter? Why?

3). Do you think most couples hope for a son as first born or at least having a son to carry on the family name?

4). How do you think the natural inclination for many couples to want at least one son has on the psychological health of daughters?

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