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 news does Chelsea give Norman?

2. For what does Billy go into the kitchen?

3. Where do Ethel and Norman find Billy?

4. Why does Ethel suggest Chelsea talk to her father and clear up their relationship?

5. Who goes down to the lake?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. 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.

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

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

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

10. Give a brief synopsis of the conversation Chelsea and Ethel have about Norman as Chelsea just arrives.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Act 1, Scene 3, young Billy Ray is introduced and hits if off immediately with Norman, who has a somewhat strained relationship with his own daughter, Chelsea. Answer the following questions in a coherent essay using detailed examples from the entire play:

1). Why do you think Norman seems more relaxed and open to Billy Ray versus Chelsea?

2). Do you think Norman would have preferred a son rather than a daughter? Why?

3). Do you think most couples hope for a son as first born or at least having a son to carry on the family name?

4). How do you think the natural inclination for many couples to want at least one son has on the psychological health of daughters?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

The last scene in the play is one that is bittersweet in that it is obvious that Norman will die in the not-too-distant future, and yet at the same time, the fact that he finally overcomes his inhibitions and dances with Ethel is a thing of hope--hope that an "old geezer" like Norman can change. Choose one of the following questions and write a coherent essay using detailed examples from the entire play:

1). Discuss the theme of death that runs throughout the play, using specific examples.

2). Discuss the theme of redemption for at least two of the main characters; be sure to include specific examples.

3). Discuss the theme of romance and how it can be demonstrated as shown throughout the play.

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