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

2. Who is the person in the picture on the mantle that Norman is studying?

3. Who invites Ethel and Norman to dinner?

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

5. How could Norman's memory best be described?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe Ethel and a little about her.

4. When does Norman become interested in Chelsea's letter and why might that be?

5. Who visits Norman and Ethel and what do they leave there?

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

7. Describe what happens when Norman uses the phone.

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

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

10. What other elderly couple is mentioned in this scene and what does Ethel say about them?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One of the very first things the reader becomes aware of is that a probable theme of this play is the idea of aging and its inherent problems. Answer the following questions in a coherent essay using detailed examples from the entire play:

1.) Who is most obviously failing, probably as a result of age?

2.) What is the main problem Norman is having at the opening of the play?

3.) How common is memory problems among people in their late 70s and older?

4.) Are there ways to combat memory problems? What are they?

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

In Act 2, Scene 1, Ethel is left alone after Norman and Billy leave. She picks up her old doll, Elmer, and begins to reminisce about her childhood. Answer the following questions in a coherent essay using detailed examples from the entire play:

1). How do each of the following characters--Norman, Ethel, Chelsea, and Charlie--reminisce about days past? Include what they are remembering and the emotional impact the memory holds.

2). Is there any harm in re-living in one's mind the past? What if the past is hurtful, i.e., Chelsea's memories about her father? What if the past memories are of unfulfilled desire, i.e., Charlie feeling sorrow at not marrying Chelsea. Give your opinion with detailed examples.

3). Can re-living the past keep one from really enjoying the present? Give examples from your own experiences and the play.

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