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. In Act 1, Scene 5, Dan sings at work that things have been good at home for what period of time?

2. What refers to the science dealing with the preparation, uses, and especially the effects of drugs?

3. What does Diana do while stating "I miss my life" in Act 1, Scene 4?

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

5. What is Diana's last name in Next to Normal?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Diana announce to Dan in Act 2, Scene 13?

3. What is revealed about the character of Natalie in Act 2, Scene 1?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay 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

Discuss the effects of double-casting in dramatic works. What effect does having Dr. Madden and Dr. Fine played by one actor create in the audience? Are other roles in the play double-cast?

Essay Topic 3

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

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