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. How does Ethel respond when Chelsea continues to speak about her father being difficult?

2. What is Norman's response to Chelsea's request?

3. What news does Chelsea give Norman?

4. Why does Ethel accompany Billy upstairs to start the bath water?

5. What does Norman do after each fishing trip with Billy?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

5. Referring back to your answer in question #25, venture a guess as to why Chelsea's boyfriends were timid around Norman.

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

7. Describe the two fishermen's interaction as they leave for the dock.

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

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

10. Describe the first interaction between Ethel and Chelsea when they are alone.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When Ethel pulls her doll, Elmer, out of the fireplace, Norman suggests that Elmer might have been attempting suicide when he fell into the fireplace and that he might try that some day himself. Choose one of the following topics and write a cohesive essay with detailed examples.

1). Compare and contrast Norman and Ethel and their attitudes towards death and suicide. Include how you think each of them might commit suicide given their different personalities.

2). Write an essay about the topic of assisted suicide. Include your opinion of it and who you think should be able to take such an action.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

The last scene in the play is one that is bittersweet in that it is obvious that Norman will die in the not-too-distant future, and yet at the same time, the fact that he finally overcomes his inhibitions and dances with Ethel is a thing of hope--hope that an "old geezer" like Norman can change. Choose one of the following questions and write a coherent essay using detailed examples from the entire play:

1). Discuss the theme of death that runs throughout the play, using specific examples.

2). Discuss the theme of redemption for at least two of the main characters; be sure to include specific examples.

3). Discuss the theme of romance and how it can be demonstrated as shown throughout the play.

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