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. How old will Elmer be on his next birthday?

2. Who is the person in the picture on the mantle that Norman is studying?

3. What reason does Norman suggest for Elmer falling into the fireplace?

4. Where is Chelsea going after stopping to see her parents?

5. What is Ethel's response to Charlie's offer?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Ethel say about the neighbors and what is Norman's response?

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

3. Describe the setting at the opening of this scene.

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

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. What does Charlie say about Chelsea and children and what does this possibly reveal about Charlie as a person?

7. When does Norman become interested in Chelsea's letter and why might that be?

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

9. Who is the elderly couple in the play and where are they arriving 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

In the opening to Act 1, Scene 3, Norman comments to Ethel that Chelsea is now past her childbearing years and never had a child. Choose one of the following to write a coherent essay with detailed examples:

1). For many centuries, women were considered property, or at the very least, someone to produce a male heir for the family line. Write an essay briefing describing the change in status of women in your home country over the past three centuries.

2). Is woman's most important function that of producing children? Write an essay about how women who have chosen to remain childless are viewed in your culture; give specific examples. Give your personal opinion also.

3). Along with the idea of childbearing is the controversy of the right to choose an abortion. Write an essay taking a stance using detailed examples to support your stance.

Essay Topic 2

Act 1, Scene 2 opens with some similarities to the opening of Act 1, Scene 1, but there are also some differences in the setting and initial actions of the characters. Answer the following questions in a coherent essay using detailed examples from the entire play:

1). What is similar about the opening of this scene as far as the setting is concerned?

2). What is different about the setting?

3). Do you think that when something is repeated in such a brief play, it is significant?

4). Ethel is again knocking on the door and again, Norman does not realize it is her knocking. Why do you think the author repeats this scenario, albeit slightly differently? What is significance of Ethel knocking expecting Norman to open the door? Is this a metaphor for their relationship?

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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