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 does Norman say he will be on his next birthday?

2. For what job does Norman contemplate applying?

3. What is Norman using to aid his activity in the opening of the scene?

4. Who does Norman yell to to ask him/her to open the door?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Charlie suggest about the broken screen door; what is Ethel's reply and why do you think she responds the way she does?

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

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

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

6. What other elderly couple is mentioned in this scene and what does Ethel say about them?

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

9. Who is the elderly couple in the play and where are they arriving at the opening of the play?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Though Ethel and Norman have been married for many years, it is obvious from the very opening of the play that they are quite different. Answer the following questions in a coherent essay using detailed examples from the entire play:

1). Compare and contrast Ethel and Norman's personalities. Give supporting details from the entire play.

2). Do you believe that a marriage is better if the two people are similar or opposites? Explain your reasoning.

3). If you were to meet Ethel and Norman, with whom would you feel the most affinity? Why?

Essay Topic 2

In the very first scene of the play, it is already obvious that one of the themes will be daughter/father relationships. Answer the following questions in a coherent essay using detailed examples from the entire play:

1). Give your opinion about how you think Norman and his daughter will get along, just based upon the little that is revealed in the first scene of the play.

2). The part of the first scene where Norman looks at Chelsea's picture of her in a swimsuit as a teen is a technique called foreshadowing. What does this foreshadow? Is this an effective method to clue the reader in on some future action in the play? Why or why not.

3). Are you as a reader prepared to like Chelsea or not based on what is subtly revealed about her in this first scene? Explain.

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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