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 is the purpose of the things that are hanging?

2. What does Ethel suggest to Norman?

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

4. What does Chelsea say in response to Norman's question about the car?

5. What financial question does Norman ask Bill?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What does Ethel do after Norman and Billy leave?

7. 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.

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

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

10. The opening conversation in this scene brings up an idea already discussed in the previous scene. What does the conversation concern?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the opening to Act 1, Scene 3, Norman comments to Ethel that Chelsea is now past her childbearing years and never had a child. Choose one of the following to write a coherent essay with detailed examples:

1). For many centuries, women were considered property, or at the very least, someone to produce a male heir for the family line. Write an essay briefing describing the change in status of women in your home country over the past three centuries.

2). Is woman's most important function that of producing children? Write an essay about how women who have chosen to remain childless are viewed in your culture; give specific examples. Give your personal opinion also.

3). Along with the idea of childbearing is the controversy of the right to choose an abortion. Write an essay taking a stance using detailed examples to support your stance.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

In Act 1, Scene 2 when Charlie comes inside, he knocks the screen door off its hinges and offers to help repair it, but Norman refuses his offer, just as Ethel refused Charlie's offer initially to fix the door.

Answer the following questions in a coherent essay using detailed examples from the entire play:

1). Why do you think Ethel refuses Charlie's help with the screen door?

2). Why do you think Norman refuses Charlie's help with the screen door?

3). Do you think the reasons they refuse are influenced by their gender?

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