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. What refers to the intentional taking of one's own life?

2. In Act 1, Scene 2, music plays a classical sounding piano part with some light orchestral accompaniment in the style of what composer?

3. What object is a particular trigger for Diana of memories of Gabe in the narrative?

4. What tender ballad does Gabe sing in Act 1, Scene 10?

5. Who is the protagonist's husband in Next to Normal?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the central themes in Next to Normal. What does the story of the play revolve around?

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

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

4. What is the subject and style of the song "Superboy and the Invisible Girl"? Who sings it?

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

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

7. What does Gabe sing with Natalie about in Act 1, Scene 7?

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

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

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

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

Discuss use of drug treatment for bipolar disorder and the role that the drugs play in the musical. How does Diana feel when she is medicated?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the musical elements, structure and terms in Act 1, Scene 1. How are the music and dialogue intercut and what effect does this have on the reader/audience?

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