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

2. What song does Dan sing accompanied with the Voices in Act 1, Scene 5?

3. What emotional ballad does Dan sing to Diana in Act 1, Scene 11?

4. Who claims that he sits behind Natalie in several classes and knows her schedule in Act 1, Scene 2?

5. What hard-driving rock tune does Diana sing in Act 1, Scene 11?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the choices and motivations of Dan in the narrative. What decisions of Dan's have been questionable? Do you believe he has the best intentions for Diana? Why or why not?

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

Discuss the conclusion of Act 1. What stylistic elements are in place in this climactic scene? What is pertinent about the reference to One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest?

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