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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What song does Henry sing to Natalie in Act 1, Scene 4?
(a) "Perfect for You".
(b) "I Miss the Mountains".
(c) "It's Gonna Be Good".
(d) "How Could I Ever Forget".

2. When Natalie is informed of the controversial therapy being used on her mother in Act 1, Scene 11, she reacts with anger, accusing Dan of what?
(a) Being selfish.
(b) Betraying Diana's trust.
(c) Wanting to rid himself of Diana.
(d) Putting her through hell.

3. What hard-driving rock tune does Diana sing in Act 1, Scene 11?
(a) "Didn't I See this Movie".
(b) "How Could I Ever Forget".
(c) "Why Stay".
(d) "A Light in the Dark".

4. What word (in a dramatic or literary work) refers to a decisive moment that is of maximum intensity or is a major turning point in a plot?
(a) Climax.
(b) Hill.
(c) Wave.
(d) Outcrop.

5. What is Gabe wearing when he appears in Act 1, Scene 10?
(a) A green robe.
(b) Swim trunks.
(c) A tuxedo.
(d) A dress.

6. What song does Diana's doctor sing in Act 1, Scene 9?
(a) "It's Gonna Be Good".
(b) "Make up your Mind".
(c) "Better Than Before".
(d) "He's Not Here".

7. How old does Diana's doctor say Gabe would have been in Act 1, Scene 8?
(a) 15.
(b) 12.
(c) 18.
(d) 24.

8. What song does Dan sing as he tidies up in Act 1, Scene 11?
(a) "I Miss the Mountains".
(b) "I Am the One".
(c) "I Dreamed a Dance".
(d) "I've Been".

9. What refers to instructions written into the script of a play, indicating stage actions, movements of performers, or production requirements?
(a) Stage directions.
(b) Dance numbers.
(c) Lines.
(d) Props.

10. Who played the character of Dr. Fine/Dr. Madden in the original Broadway cast of Next to Normal?
(a) J. Robert Spencer.
(b) Louis Hobson.
(c) Aaron Tveit.
(d) Asa Somers.

11. Who is the protagonist of Next to Normal?
(a) Natalie.
(b) Marsha.
(c) Diana.
(d) Katie.

12. What lightly textured waltz tune does Diana sing in Act 1, Scene 10?
(a) "Song of Forgetting".
(b) "Didn't I See This Movie".
(c) "I Dreamed a Dance".
(d) "How Could I Ever Forget".

13. Next to Normal closed on Broadway after how many regular performances?
(a) 239.
(b) 518.
(c) 733.
(d) 421.

14. In Act 1, Scene 2, music plays a classical sounding piano part with some light orchestral accompaniment in the style of what composer?
(a) Bach.
(b) Mozart.
(c) Schubert.
(d) Pachelbel.

15. What song does Dan sing accompanied with the Voices in Act 1, Scene 5?
(a) "There's a World".
(b) "It's Gonna Be Good".
(c) "So Anyway".
(d) "Better Than Before".

Short Answer Questions

1. What word means lying asleep or as if asleep; inactive, as in sleep; torpid?

2. Who comments that Dan doesn't truly care about what happened to him or about what is happening to Diana in Act 1, Scene 6?

3. Who does Diana say she couldn't hold when she was born in Act 1, Scene 9?

4. What does Gabe say in Act 1, Scene 8, indicating that he is alive not only to Diana, but in other ways to Dan and Natalie too?

5. What psychiatric term refers to an experience that produces psychological injury or pain?

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