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 word means lying asleep or as if asleep; inactive, as in sleep; torpid?

2. What psychiatric term refers to an experience that produces psychological injury or pain?

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

4. Gabe's song in Act 1, Scene 8 is intercut with dialogue between Dan and whom?

5. Where does Henry visit Natalie in Act 1, Scene 9?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Diana reveal to Dan in Act 1, Scene 6? What song does she sing in this scene?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What does Dr. Madden reveal after Diana's song in Act 1, Scene 10? What treatment does he suggest?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe and discuss the symbolic and metaphorical elements in Act 1, Scene 10. How does this scene illustrate the suicide attempt of the protagonist in a creative way?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the character of Natalie in the narrative. How old is Natalie? What characteristics does she embody? With what characters is she closest?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the musical elements, structure and terms in Act 1, Scene 1. How are the music and dialogue intercut and what effect does this have on the reader/audience?

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