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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. What refers to a substance in its carbonate or citrate form used in the treatment or prophylaxis of bipolar disorder or mania?
(a) Zoloft.
(b) Lamictal.
(c) Paxil.
(d) Lithium.

2. In what year was Next to Normal nominated for eleven Tony Awards?
(a) 2002.
(b) 2009.
(c) 2000.
(d) 2005.

3. In Act 1, Scene 5, Dan sings at work that things have been good at home for what period of time?
(a) 3 weeks.
(b) 2 weeks.
(c) 5 days.
(d) 4 days.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who appears and sings along with Dan using no words in Act 1, Scene 11?

2. How old is the protagonist's daughter in Next to Normal?

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

4. What new doctor does Diana see in Act 1, Scene 8?

5. What refers to anything, as an act or event, that serves as a stimulus and initiates or precipitates a reaction or series of reactions?

Short Essay Questions

1. What metaphor ends the play in the final song in Act 2, Scene 14?

2. Who arrives after Dan leaves in Act 2, Scene 5? What interaction takes place with Diana?

3. What ironic comment does Natalie make about her mother's treatment in Act 2, Scene 2?

4. What song does Dan sing to Diana about their son in Act 1, Scene 5? What does the song reveal?

5. What takes place at the family dinner in Act 1, Scene 5?

6. What song is sung together by Natalie and Diana in Act 2, Scene 1? What does it reveal?

7. What do Henry and Natalie witness between Diana and Dan in Act 2, Scene 8?

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

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

10. What song is performed by Diana and Gabe in Act 1, Scene 10? What does Gabe encourage Diana to do?

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