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 is the protagonist's husband in Next to Normal?

2. What hard driving rock tune does Diana sing in Act 1, Scene 6?

3. What is the name of the song in Act 1, Scene 1 in which the main characters each sing about their morning?

4. Dan reminds Diana that Gabe has been dead for how long in Act 1, Scene 5?

5. What drug does Henry give to Natalie in Act 1, Scene 7?

Short Essay Questions

1. What song is sung together by Natalie and Diana in Act 2, Scene 1? What does it reveal?

2. What is symbolized in Gabe's comment "I own you," in Act 1, Scene 8? What is revealed in this scene regarding his character?

3. What reprise is sung by Diana in Act 2, Scene 7? What conversation takes place between Diana and Dr. Madden in this scene?

4. What is symbolized in the song "Next to Normal" in the musical?

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

6. What does Diana reveal to Natalie in their brief scene in Act 2, Scene 11?

7. What metaphor ends the play in the final song in Act 2, Scene 14?

8. What reprise is sung between Dan and Gabe in Act 2, Scene 13? What is symbolized in this song?

9. Why is Henry worried about Natalie in Act 2, Scene 3? Where does he ask her to go?

10. What is the conclusion of Diana's and Dr. Madden's disagreement in Act 2, Scene 10?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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

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?

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