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. Who comments that Dan doesn't truly care about what happened to him or about what is happening to Diana in Act 1, Scene 6?

2. What does Gabe eventually influence Diana to say in Act 1, Scene 10?

3. What song does Dan sing as he tidies up in Act 1, Scene 11?

4. What controversial treatment does Dr. Madden suggest for Diana in Act 1, Scene 10?

5. Diana reveals what to Dan in Act 1, Scene 6?

Short Essay Questions

1. What songs are sung by the doctor and Gabe in Act 1, Scene 9? What do they describe?

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

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

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

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

6. How is Gabe different as a character from the others in Act 1, Scenes 1-3?

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

8. What is the song "I Miss the Mountains" metaphorical for? What does Diana do while singing it?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Define the element of conflict in dramatic literature and discuss the conflicts between the characters in the play. What central conflict exists between Diana and Dan?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Analyze and discuss the theme of memory in the play. How do each of the characters react to Diana's memory loss?

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