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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 the couple watch as the scene closes?
2. How old is Norman?
3. Why has the person called?
4. What happened to Chelsea's husband?
5. What is another thing Charlie brought with him?
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. Who visits Norman and Ethel and what do they leave there?
3. Briefly describe Norman Thayer, the first character on the set.
4. What does Charlie say about Chelsea and children and what does this possibly reveal about Charlie as a person?
5. How does the broken screen door come into play again and how does it give the reader a better understanding of Norman's character?
6. Describe the interaction between Ethel and Norman in this scene and say what you think it may mean.
7. What question does Norman ask Charlie and what is the implication of Charlie's answer?
8. Describe the setting at the opening of this scene.
9. What does Ethel say about the neighbors and what is Norman's response?
10. 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?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
In a play, setting is an integral part of the entire story. Answer the following questions in a coherent essay using detailed examples from the entire play:
1). Describe the setting at the opening of the play.
2). How do you think the setting contributes to the play?
3). What clues does the setting offer about the characters?
4). What would you think about the owners of a house if you walked into such a setting?
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
Two people mentioned in Act 1, Scene 1, are Miss Appley and Miss Tate who are both in their nineties. Ethel implies that these two have been romantically involved for many decades. This play was written in the 1970s, which means Miss Appley and Miss Tate probably became lovers in the early part of the 1900s. Answer the following questions in a coherent essay using detailed examples from the entire play:
1). How difficult do you think it was for the two women to have a relationship in the early part of the 20th century?
2). What do you think the attitude of each of their parents was when it became obvious that the two women were not going to marry men?
3). How would you feel if Miss Appley and Miss Tate were your next door neighbors?
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