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. With what does Bill become irritated?

2. What do Bill and Norman talk about mostly at the beginning of their conversation?

3. How does Chelsea greet her mother?

4. What does Ethel ask Norman when she comes inside?

5. With what does Ethel replace the food Billy has in his hand?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

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

6. Describe Ethel's concern and role in that day's fishing venture.

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

8. 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?

9. Describe the scene that occurs after Charlie arrives and what theme this vignette may illustrate.

10. What theme is illustrated by what Ethel does right after Norman and Billy leave?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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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