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 lightly textured waltz tune does Diana sing in Act 1, Scene 10?

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

3. When did Next to Normal close on Broadway?

4. What does Dan bring Diana a box of in Act 1, Scene 10?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What takes place at the family dinner in Act 1, Scene 5?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe and analyze the role of Gabe in Next to Normal. With what characters does Gabe interact and what is symbolized through Gabe's character?

Essay Topic 2

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

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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