Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What is the name of their daughter who visits them?
2. Who does Ethel invite in for coffee?
3. What does the operator ask Norman?
4. In what year is the house at Golden Pond built?
5. In answer to Norman's question as to why Charlie never married Chelsea, what does Charlie reply?
Short Essay Questions
1. The fact that Ethel twice suggests that Chelsea make amends with her father because he is old and will not live much longer seems to clearly be foreshadowing something. What do you think it foreshadows?
2. Give a brief synopsis of the conversation Chelsea and Ethel have about Norman as Chelsea just arrives.
3. Describe the first interaction between Ethel and Chelsea when they are alone.
4. What picture does Norman pick up and what is the story behind it?
5. What does Charlie say about Chelsea and children and what does this possibly reveal about Charlie as a person?
6. When does Norman become interested in Chelsea's letter and why might that be?
7. How does the interaction between Norman and Billy Ray in this introductory scene demonstrate the probability that their relationship will be different from the one that Chelsea experienced with her father when she was young?
8. What makes the reader think that Charlie still feels some interest in Chelsea?
9. Briefly describe Norman Thayer, the first character on the set.
10. What is both a foreshadowing and a "frame" for the play that occurs at the end of this scene?
Near the end of Act 1, Scene 3, the conversation turns to dancing and Norman expresses regret that he has never taken Ethel dancing. Answer the following questions in a coherent essay using detailed examples from the entire play:
1). What else do you think Norman regrets in his life? Support your ideas with details from the text.
2). Do you think Ethel has any regrets? What would those be? Support your ideas with details from the text.
3). It seems clear that Chelsea has regrets, as she names a couple of them. What are they?
4). Is there any good to be had by holding regrets? What can a person do to let go of regrets?
In Act 1, Scene 3, young Billy Ray is introduced and hits if off immediately with Norman, who has a somewhat strained relationship with his own daughter, Chelsea. Answer the following questions in a coherent essay using detailed examples from the entire play:
1). Why do you think Norman seems more relaxed and open to Billy Ray versus Chelsea?
2). Do you think Norman would have preferred a son rather than a daughter? Why?
3). Do you think most couples hope for a son as first born or at least having a son to carry on the family name?
4). How do you think the natural inclination for many couples to want at least one son has on the psychological health of daughters?
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?
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