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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. How old was Miss Appley on her last birthday?
2. Who liked Chelsea when he was young?
3. Who does Norman yell to to ask him/her to open the door?
4. Who does Ethel invite in for coffee?
5. Who is Elmer?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Ethel say about the neighbors and what is Norman's response?
2. Describe Ethel and a little about her.
3. Give a brief description of the setting at the opening of the play.
4. Describe what happens when Norman uses the phone.
5. Describe the scene and conversation about Elmer.
6. What does Charlie say about Chelsea and children and what does this possibly reveal about Charlie as a person?
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. What picture does Norman pick up and what is the story behind it?
9. 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.
10. What makes the reader think that Charlie still feels some interest in Chelsea?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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