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. When did Next to Normal close on Broadway?

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

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

4. Who does Diana comment was as "high-spirited" as she is when speaking with her new doctor in Act 1, Scene 8?

5. What does Diana enter with after dinner in Act 1, Scene 5?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. How does Gabe's character stand apart from the others in Act 1, Scene 9?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze and discuss the structural elements of the play and its transitions. How are these transitions reflective of the themes of the narrative?

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

Analyze the role of the choral ensemble in Next to Normal. How does the chorus relate to choruses of the Classical Greek theater?

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