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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 does Ethel ask Norman when she comes inside?
2. Why does Ethel think it's going to rain that day?
3. How does Ethel respond when Chelsea continues to speak about her father being difficult?
4. What is Norman's reaction to Chelsea's response?
5. What do Bill and Norman talk about mostly at the beginning of their conversation?
Short Essay Questions
1. What do you think this first interaction that you described in question #31 implies?
2. Referring back to your answer in question #25, venture a guess as to why Chelsea's boyfriends were timid around Norman.
3. Give a brief synopsis of the conversation Chelsea and Ethel have about Norman as Chelsea just arrives.
4. Describe the scene that occurs after Charlie arrives and what theme this vignette may illustrate.
5. Describe Bill's appearance and Billy and Norman returning from downstairs and how does this give readers a sense who Bill is?
6. 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?
7. Describe the opening scene in Act 2, Scene 1.
8. What regret does Norman express and what may that regret foreshadow?
9. The opening conversation in this scene brings up an idea already discussed in the previous scene. What does the conversation concern?
10. The fact that Ethel twice suggests that Chelsea make amends with her father because he is old and will not live much longer seems to clearly be foreshadowing something. What do you think it foreshadows?
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
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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