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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 reason does Norman suggest for Elmer falling into the fireplace?

2. In the story that Ethel tells about when the character in question #26 was young, what was he carrying?

3. What did Norman think about Chelsea's swimming abilities.?

4. Who does Ethel see in the woods?

5. How old is Norman?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe Ethel and a little about her.

4. Though Norman makes no blatant prejudiced statements about Jews, what he does say implies his bigotry. In your own words, what statements seem to suggest that Norman is prejudiced against Jewish people?

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

6. How does the broken screen door come into play again and how does it give the reader a better understanding of Norman's character?

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

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

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

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

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

In Act 1, Scene 2, throughout the entire discussion about Chelsea, Norman is attempting to discuss baseball with Charlie who seems more interested in Chelsea. Choose one of the following to write a coherent essay with detailed examples:

1). Compare and contrast Ethel's willingness to discuss and reveal feelings versus Norman's reluctance to do so. Is the difference between them a general difference between men and women?

2). Compare and contrast Charlie and Norman's personalities. How similar do you think Charlie and Norman would be as fathers?

3). Write about the three times Norman attempts to discuss baseball when others are trying to have more significant conversations with him. The three persons are first Charlie, then Bill and finally Chelsea.

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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