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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 is Norman using to aid his activity in the opening of the scene?

2. What does Norman do when Ethel and Charlie are discussing Chelsea?

3. Who liked Chelsea when he was young?

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

5. Who is coming with Chelsea on her visit?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does this opening scene suggest about the relationship between Norman and Billy?

2. What does Ethel confess to Norman?

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

4. Give a brief description of the setting at the opening of the play.

5. What does Charlie suggest about the broken screen door; what is Ethel's reply and why do you think she responds the way she does?

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

7. How, at this point in the play, is Billy's relationship with Norman different from that of Chelsea with her father, Norman?

8. What does Charlie say about Chelsea and children and what does this possibly reveal about Charlie as a person?

9. What does Norman tell Ethel she shouldn't do in front of Chelsea and her boyfriend and how does this brief exchange between Norman and Ethel demonstrate a difference in their personality?

10. The fact that Norman asks to speak to Billy and only agrees to the trip to California to see Billy again suggest what about the relationship between Norman and Chelsea?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Act 1, Scene 2 when Charlie comes inside, he knocks the screen door off its hinges and offers to help repair it, but Norman refuses his offer, just as Ethel refused Charlie's offer initially to fix the door.

Answer the following questions in a coherent essay using detailed examples from the entire play:

1). Why do you think Ethel refuses Charlie's help with the screen door?

2). Why do you think Norman refuses Charlie's help with the screen door?

3). Do you think the reasons they refuse are influenced by their gender?

Essay Topic 2

In a play, setting is an integral part of the entire story. Answer the following questions in a coherent essay using detailed examples from the entire play:

1). Describe the setting at the opening of the play.

2). How do you think the setting contributes to the play?

3). What clues does the setting offer about the characters?

4). What would you think about the owners of a house if you walked into such a setting?

Essay Topic 3

Act 1, Scene 2 opens with some similarities to the opening of Act 1, Scene 1, but there are also some differences in the setting and initial actions of the characters. Answer the following questions in a coherent essay using detailed examples from the entire play:

1). What is similar about the opening of this scene as far as the setting is concerned?

2). What is different about the setting?

3). Do you think that when something is repeated in such a brief play, it is significant?

4). Ethel is again knocking on the door and again, Norman does not realize it is her knocking. Why do you think the author repeats this scenario, albeit slightly differently? What is significance of Ethel knocking expecting Norman to open the door? Is this a metaphor for their relationship?

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