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. Who does Ethel invite in for coffee?

2. What happened to the screen door?

3. Who liked Chelsea when he was young?

4. What reason does Norman suggest for Elmer falling into the fireplace?

5. After Ethel comes into the house, what do she and Norman do?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the scene and conversation about Elmer.

2. One of the statements Bill makes to Norman about Norman's teasing suggests that Chelsea has already prejudiced Bill towards Norman. Describe the scene and say if you think it was fair or wise of Chelsea to "warn" Bill.

3. 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?

4. The opening conversation in this scene brings up an idea already discussed in the previous scene. What does the conversation concern?

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

6. How does the first interaction between Chelsea and her parents show the reader the relationship between Chelsea and each of her parents?

7. What does Ethel confess to Norman?

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

9. Describe what happens when Norman uses the phone.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The first character the reader meets is Norman Thayer. Answer the following questions in a coherent essay using detailed examples from the entire play:

1). Describe Norman physical characteristics.

2). How does the way he is dressed and his actions help portray who he is as a personality?

3). Just from reading about him in Act 1, Scene 1, what would you think are some of his personality traits? Give specific examples for each trait you mention.

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

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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