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 worry about regarding Norman and Billy?

2. For what does Billy go into the kitchen?

3. What slight derogatory comment does Norman make about Bill?

4. What is Norman's response to the idea of Chelsea and Bill sharing a bedroom?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. 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?

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

7. What can be inferred by the fact that Norman calls Billy by the name Chelsea from time to time?

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

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

10. 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.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Two people mentioned in Act 1, Scene 1, are Miss Appley and Miss Tate who are both in their nineties. Ethel implies that these two have been romantically involved for many decades. This play was written in the 1970s, which means Miss Appley and Miss Tate probably became lovers in the early part of the 1900s. Answer the following questions in a coherent essay using detailed examples from the entire play:

1). How difficult do you think it was for the two women to have a relationship in the early part of the 20th century?

2). What do you think the attitude of each of their parents was when it became obvious that the two women were not going to marry men?

3). How would you feel if Miss Appley and Miss Tate were your next door neighbors?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

In Act 1, Scene 2, throughout the entire discussion about Chelsea, Norman is attempting to discuss baseball with Charlie who seems more interested in Chelsea. Choose one of the following to write a coherent essay with detailed examples:

1). Compare and contrast Ethel's willingness to discuss and reveal feelings versus Norman's reluctance to do so. Is the difference between them a general difference between men and women?

2). Compare and contrast Charlie and Norman's personalities. How similar do you think Charlie and Norman would be as fathers?

3). Write about the three times Norman attempts to discuss baseball when others are trying to have more significant conversations with him. The three persons are first Charlie, then Bill and finally Chelsea.

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