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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 worry about regarding Norman and Billy?
2. What song does Ethel sing?
3. What surprises Billy about the lake cottage?
4. What does Chelsea say about Norman's retirement dinner?
5. What does Norman say about his and Chelsea's relationship?
Short Essay Questions
1. 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?
2. What regret does Norman express and what may that regret foreshadow?
3. Describe the interaction between Norman and Bill after the others have gone outside.
4. Describe the opening scene in Act 2, Scene 1.
5. 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.
6. Describe the scene that occurs after Charlie arrives and what theme this vignette may illustrate.
7. What does Ethel do after Norman and Billy leave?
8. Describe Ethel's concern and role in that day's fishing venture.
9. Describe Bill's appearance and Billy and Norman returning from downstairs and how does this give readers a sense who Bill is?
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
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.
Essay Topic 2
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 3
The next character introduced in Ethel Thayer, Norman's wife, who is about a decade younger than Norman. Answer the following questions in a coherent essay using detailed examples from the entire play:
1). Describe Ethel's appearance.
2). What has Ethel been doing and what does this say about her physical health as opposed to that of Norman's?
3). From Act 1, Scene 1, write a brief synopsis of Ethel's personality and what details support your description.
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