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On Golden Pond Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Ernest Thompson
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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?



Essay Topics

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.

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.

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?

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