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. What does Ethel find intriguing about Miss Appley and Miss Tate?

2. What is Norman doing when Act 1, Scene 2 opens?

3. How old was Miss Appley on her last birthday?

4. Why does Norman pick up the telephone?

5. What has Ethel been doing?

Short Essay Questions

1. What picture does Norman pick up and what is the story behind it?

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

3. Describe the scene and conversation about Elmer.

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

5. What is both a foreshadowing and a "frame" for the play that occurs at the end of this scene?

6. Give a brief synopsis of Ethel and Charlie's conversation and what the author may be showing through this conversation.

7. Describe what happens when Norman uses the phone.

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

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

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

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 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.

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