On Golden Pond Test | Final 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. For what does Billy go into the kitchen?

2. What financial question does Norman ask Bill?

3. For what does Chelsea apologize?

4. How does Norman react to Chelsea's news?

5. Who doubts what he says he saw?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the opening scene in Act 2, Scene 1.

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

3. What do you think this first interaction that you described in question #31 implies?

4. 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.

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

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

7. Give a brief synopsis of the conversation Chelsea and Ethel have about Norman as Chelsea just arrives.

8. What regret does Norman express and what may that regret foreshadow?

9. How does the way Ethel behaves in helping Norman and Billy get off to the lake demonstrate an aspect of her personality?

10. Describe Bill's appearance and Billy and Norman returning from downstairs and how does this give readers a sense who Bill is?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

In Act 1, Scene 3, young Billy Ray is introduced and hits if off immediately with Norman, who has a somewhat strained relationship with his own daughter, Chelsea. Answer the following questions in a coherent essay using detailed examples from the entire play:

1). Why do you think Norman seems more relaxed and open to Billy Ray versus Chelsea?

2). Do you think Norman would have preferred a son rather than a daughter? Why?

3). Do you think most couples hope for a son as first born or at least having a son to carry on the family name?

4). How do you think the natural inclination for many couples to want at least one son has on the psychological health of daughters?

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