Next to Normal Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Brian Yorkey
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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 is Diana's last name in Next to Normal?

2. What is the title of the song sung by Natalie in Act 1, Scene 2?

3. What style of music does Henry play in Act 1, Scene 3, as Natalie listens?

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

5. 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?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the song "I'm Alive" relate to in Act 1, Scene 8?

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

3. How is the theme of hope and light symbolized in Act 1, Scenes 10 and 11?

4. What does Dr. Madden suggest to Diana in Act 1, Scene 10? Where does she go after she leaves his office?

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

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

7. What structurally takes place in Act 1, Scenes 10 and 11? What film is references in these scenes?

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 irony can be seen by the reader or audience member in the character of Gabe?

10. What is revealed about the character of Gabe in Act 1, Scenes 4 and 5?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the setting of Next to Normal. What are the time and place in which the action takes place? How is the setting evoked in the music?

Essay Topic 2

Analyze and discuss the relationship of Henry and Natalie in Act 2, Scene 2. What objective is each character seeking and why?

Essay Topic 3

Describe and analyze the characters of Dan and Dr. Fine in the musical. What is the objective of each of these characters and how do they go about attaining those objectives?

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