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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Dan reminds Diana that Gabe has been dead for how long in Act 1, Scene 5?
(a) 8 years.
(b) 3 years.
(c) 16 years.
(d) 22 years.

2. Who does Diana say she couldn't hold when she was born in Act 1, Scene 9?
(a) Jennifer.
(b) Melissa.
(c) Natalie.
(d) Susan.

3. Who played the character of Henry in the original Broadway cast of Next to Normal?
(a) Preston K. Sadleir.
(b) Aaron Tveit.
(c) J. Robert Spencer.
(d) Adam Chanler-Berat.

4. Who appears to ask Dan why he didn't take her to the hospital in Act 1, Scene 11?
(a) Natalie.
(b) Harriet.
(c) Samantha.
(d) Diana.

5. What is the name of the song in Act 1, Scene 1 in which the main characters each sing about their morning?
(a) "Who's Crazy".
(b) "Just Another Day".
(c) "Everything Else".
(d) "Perfect for You".

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Diana enter with after dinner in Act 1, Scene 5?

2. What is the name of the protagonist's daughter in Next to Normal?

3. In Act 1, Scene 11, Dr. Madden tries to convince Diana to try the controversial therapy while who attempts to convince her not to try it?

4. Who claims that he sits behind Natalie in several classes and knows her schedule in Act 1, Scene 2?

5. Who played the character of Gabe in the original Broadway cast of Next to Normal?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Gabe different as a character from the others in Act 1, Scenes 1-3?

2. How is the Goodman family portrayed in the first scenes of Act 1?

3. What are Henry and Natalie doing in Act 1, Scene 4? Who watches them?

4. What new doctor does Diana see in Act 1, Scene 8? What is revealed about her medical history?

5. How does Gabe's character stand apart from the others in Act 1, Scene 9?

6. What does Dan sing about in the song "It's Gonna Be Good"? Where is he?

7. What is symbolized in Gabe's comment "I own you," in Act 1, Scene 8? What is revealed in this scene regarding his character?

8. Describe the symbolic and metaphoric elements in Act 1, Scenes 10 and 11. What object becomes important in these scenes and why?

9. What is sung about and by whom in the songs "Who's Crazy" / "My Psychopharmacologist and I"?

10. Describe the central themes in Next to Normal. What does the story of the play revolve around?

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