Next to Normal Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 refers to the intentional taking of one's own life?

2. What does Dan bring Diana a box of in Act 1, Scene 10?

3. In Act 1, Scene 2, music plays a classical sounding piano part with some light orchestral accompaniment in the style of what composer?

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

5. What lightly textured waltz tune does Diana sing in Act 1, Scene 10?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the structural elements which stand out in the first scenes of Act 1. How is musical improvisation used as a literary technique?

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

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

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

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

6. What do the members of the Goodman family sing about in the song "Just Another Day" in Act 1, Scene 1?

7. How is the music used in expressing the inner thoughts of the characters in Act 1?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the author's use of irony and symbolism in Act 1, Scene 8. How is reality explored through the character of Gabe?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the theme of sibling rivalry in the narrative. How is this theme manifested in the relationship between Gabe and Natalie?

Essay Topic 3

Analyze and discuss the song "Hey #2" and the role of reprise in the musical. What effect do reprises have on the reader/audience member?

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