On Golden Pond Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Ernest Thompson
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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. What does Norman do when Ethel and Charlie are discussing Chelsea?

2. Where do Norman and Ethel Thayer return for their anniversary?

3. Who is knocking on the door?

4. Why does Norman pick up the telephone?

5. What happened to Miss Appley last week?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the scene and conversation about Elmer.

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

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

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

5. Who visits Norman and Ethel and what do they leave there?

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

7. Briefly describe Norman Thayer, the first character on the set.

8. Describe the interaction between Ethel and Norman in this scene and say what you think it may mean.

9. Describe Ethel and a little about her.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When Ethel pulls her doll, Elmer, out of the fireplace, Norman suggests that Elmer might have been attempting suicide when he fell into the fireplace and that he might try that some day himself. Choose one of the following topics and write a cohesive essay with detailed examples.

1). Compare and contrast Norman and Ethel and their attitudes towards death and suicide. Include how you think each of them might commit suicide given their different personalities.

2). Write an essay about the topic of assisted suicide. Include your opinion of it and who you think should be able to take such an action.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The last scene in the play is one that is bittersweet in that it is obvious that Norman will die in the not-too-distant future, and yet at the same time, the fact that he finally overcomes his inhibitions and dances with Ethel is a thing of hope--hope that an "old geezer" like Norman can change. Choose one of the following questions and write a coherent essay using detailed examples from the entire play:

1). Discuss the theme of death that runs throughout the play, using specific examples.

2). Discuss the theme of redemption for at least two of the main characters; be sure to include specific examples.

3). Discuss the theme of romance and how it can be demonstrated as shown throughout the play.

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