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. How does Act 3, Scene 1 end?

2. What is Norman's response to Ethel's reply?

3. What does Ethel ask Norman when she comes inside?

4. Where do Ethel and Norman find Billy?

5. What was Norman's overall impression of Bill?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Norman tell Ethel she shouldn't do in front of Chelsea and her boyfriend and how does this brief exchange between Norman and Ethel demonstrate a difference in their personality?

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

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

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

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

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

9. The scene when Billy Ray is introduced gives subtle clues as to how Norman may not be quite as gruff as first appears and how Chelsea misses the clue. Elaborate on this scene.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

In a play, setting is an integral part of the entire story. Answer the following questions in a coherent essay using detailed examples from the entire play:

1). Describe the setting at the opening of the play.

2). How do you think the setting contributes to the play?

3). What clues does the setting offer about the characters?

4). What would you think about the owners of a house if you walked into such a setting?

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