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

2. Who goes down to the lake?

3. For what does Chelsea apologize?

4. What is the purpose of the things that are hanging?

5. Who catches Ethel singing?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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 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?

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

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

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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Though Ethel and Norman have been married for many years, it is obvious from the very opening of the play that they are quite different. Answer the following questions in a coherent essay using detailed examples from the entire play:

1). Compare and contrast Ethel and Norman's personalities. Give supporting details from the entire play.

2). Do you believe that a marriage is better if the two people are similar or opposites? Explain your reasoning.

3). If you were to meet Ethel and Norman, with whom would you feel the most affinity? Why?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

In the very first scene of the play, it is already obvious that one of the themes will be daughter/father relationships. Answer the following questions in a coherent essay using detailed examples from the entire play:

1). Give your opinion about how you think Norman and his daughter will get along, just based upon the little that is revealed in the first scene of the play.

2). The part of the first scene where Norman looks at Chelsea's picture of her in a swimsuit as a teen is a technique called foreshadowing. What does this foreshadow? Is this an effective method to clue the reader in on some future action in the play? Why or why not.

3). Are you as a reader prepared to like Chelsea or not based on what is subtly revealed about her in this first scene? Explain.

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