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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 does the operator ask Norman?
3. Where is Chelsea living now?
4. How many summers have Norman and Ethel Thayer been coming to this setting?
5. Who has visited Charlie recently?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe Bill's appearance and Billy and Norman returning from downstairs and how does this give readers a sense who Bill is?
2. Briefly describe Norman Thayer, the first character on the set.
3. What does Norman do that causes his angina to flare up?
4. What theme is illustrated by what Ethel does right after Norman and Billy leave?
5. Give a brief synopsis of the conversation Chelsea and Ethel have about Norman as Chelsea just arrives.
6. Who visits Norman and Ethel and what do they leave there?
7. Describe the interaction between Norman and Bill after the others have gone outside.
8. Who is the elderly couple in the play and where are they arriving at the opening of the play?
9. What do you think this first interaction that you described in question #31 implies?
10. 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?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
In Act 1, Scene 2, throughout the entire discussion about Chelsea, Norman is attempting to discuss baseball with Charlie who seems more interested in Chelsea. Choose one of the following to write a coherent essay with detailed examples:
1). Compare and contrast Ethel's willingness to discuss and reveal feelings versus Norman's reluctance to do so. Is the difference between them a general difference between men and women?
2). Compare and contrast Charlie and Norman's personalities. How similar do you think Charlie and Norman would be as fathers?
3). Write about the three times Norman attempts to discuss baseball when others are trying to have more significant conversations with him. The three persons are first Charlie, then Bill and finally Chelsea.
Essay Topic 3
In Act 1, Scene 2, Charlie is again mentioned; in fact, he arrives at the door. Choose one of the following and write a coherent essay using detailed examples from the entire play:
1). Compare and contrast Charlie with Bill.
2). Charlie could be said to be a foil to Bill. What does that term mean and how might it be true of Charlie? Give specific examples.
3). Charlie might be said to be an archetype of "the boy next door." Explain in detail the term archetype. Give examples as to why Charlie could be considered an archetype of "the boy next door."
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