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. What does Ethel ask Norman when she comes inside?

2. What happens to the rental car on the way to the cottage?

3. With what does Bill become irritated?

4. What is Norman doing at the opening of Act 2, Scene 1?

5. What does Bill say he saw when he comes into the house?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

It is obvious that the opening of the Lakeside Cottage is a tradition that goes back many years; in fact, we are told this is the 48th summer that Norman and Ethel have come to their "home in the woods." Answer the following questions in a coherent essay using detailed examples from the entire play:

1). What do you think the fact that these two have spent 48 summers at this Lake says about them as people?

2). Can you imagine always spending your summers at the same place every year?

3). If you answer yes to the above question, describe the place that you would like to go for that many summers.

4). If you answer "no" to question 2, describe several places that you would want to go for vacations.

5). Are there any traditions you and your family maintain year after year?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Near the end of Act 1, Scene 3, the conversation turns to dancing and Norman expresses regret that he has never taken Ethel dancing. Answer the following questions in a coherent essay using detailed examples from the entire play:

1). What else do you think Norman regrets in his life? Support your ideas with details from the text.

2). Do you think Ethel has any regrets? What would those be? Support your ideas with details from the text.

3). It seems clear that Chelsea has regrets, as she names a couple of them. What are they?

4). Is there any good to be had by holding regrets? What can a person do to let go of regrets?

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