On Golden Pond Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. Why does Ethel think Norman and Billy shouldn't go fishing?

2. What interrupts Chelsea and Ethel's conversation?

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

4. Who does Norman tell Billy not to awaken?

5. How does Norman talk as he and Billy head to the boat?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

4. Describe the interaction between Norman and Bill after the others have gone outside.

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

6. What can be inferred by the fact that Norman calls Billy by the name Chelsea from time to time?

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

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

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

10. 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.

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

The first character the reader meets is Norman Thayer. Answer the following questions in a coherent essay using detailed examples from the entire play:

1). Describe Norman physical characteristics.

2). How does the way he is dressed and his actions help portray who he is as a personality?

3). Just from reading about him in Act 1, Scene 1, what would you think are some of his personality traits? Give specific examples for each trait you mention.

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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