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

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

3. Who takes some of Diana's medication in Act 1, Scene 8?

4. What psychiatric term refers to an experience that produces psychological injury or pain?

5. What song does Diana sing about her longing for feeling in Act 1, Scene 4?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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 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?

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