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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Act 1, Scene 4 flashes back to Dan's proposal, which was prompted by the news that Diana was what?
(a) Cheating.
(b) Divorced.
(c) Bipolar.
(d) Pregnant.

2. In what year did Next to Normal win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama?
(a) 2010.
(b) 2006.
(c) 2004.
(d) 2008.

3. What was the name of the previous musical to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama before Next to Normal?
(a) Cats.
(b) Rent.
(c) Dinner with Friends.
(d) Anna in the Tropics.

4. What multi-voiced, rock-textured ensemble number is sung by Diana, Gabe and others in Act 1, Scene 9?
(a) "Perfect for You".
(b) "He's Not Here".
(c) "Catch Me I'm Falling".
(d) "I'm Alive".

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

6. What reflective ballad does Dan sing in Act 1, Scene 5 about his son?
(a) "Who's Crazy".
(b) "He's Not Here".
(c) "I Miss the Mountains".
(d) "Seconds and Years".

7. From what song does the line "things aren't as bizarre as they are" come in Next to Normal?
(a) "Who's Crazy".
(b) "I'm Alive".
(c) "Aftershocks".
(d) "A Light in the Dark".

8. What psychiatric term refers to an experience that produces psychological injury or pain?
(a) Agitate.
(b) Bully.
(c) Trauma.
(d) Horror.

9. What doctor does Diana go to see in Act 1, Scene 3?
(a) Dr. Shwartz.
(b) Dr. Thomas.
(c) Dr. Fine.
(d) Dr. Anderson.

10. What refers to the intentional taking of one's own life?
(a) Assault.
(b) Homicide.
(c) Euthanasia.
(d) Suicide.

11. Who is Diana's pharmacologist in Act 1, Scene 6?
(a) Dr. Williams.
(b) Dr. Fine.
(c) Dr. Diaz.
(d) Dr. Thompson.

12. What is the name of the protagonist's son who died in the musical?
(a) Rodney.
(b) Gabe.
(c) Dan.
(d) Henry.

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

14. Who suggests that what Diana is doing is a good idea and that she is brave in Act 1, Scene 4?
(a) Dr. Fine.
(b) Gabe.
(c) Dr. Madden.
(d) Dan.

15. Approximately how old was Gabe when he died?
(a) 5.
(b) 4.
(c) 2.
(d) 7.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who vents her anger at being the child always disregarded in favor of her parents' concern about her brother in Act 1, Scene 7?

2. What refers to a type of affective disorder characterized by euphoric mood, excessive activity and talkativeness, impaired judgment, and sometimes psychotic symptoms, as grandiose delusions?

3. 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?

4. Who appears to ask Dan why he didn't take her to the hospital in Act 1, Scene 11?

5. What song does Henry sing to Natalie in Act 1, Scene 4?

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