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. At whose picture does Norman look?

2. Who is knocking on the door?

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

4. Who invites Ethel and Norman to dinner?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Give a brief description of the setting at the opening of the play.

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

6. Describe Ethel and a little about her.

7. The fact that Norman attempts to get Charlie to discuss baseball foreshadows several other times that Norman uses baseball to hide his discomfort in carrying on meaningful conversations, particularly concerning Chelsea. What is foreshadowing?

8. Describe what happens when Norman uses the phone.

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

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

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."

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

(see the answer keys)

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