Next to Normal Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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

2. What refers to instructions written into the script of a play, indicating stage actions, movements of performers, or production requirements?

3. In Act 1, Scene 7, Gabe appears and sings with Natalie about "the son of steel and the daughter of" what?

4. What word (in a dramatic or literary work) refers to a decisive moment that is of maximum intensity or is a major turning point in a plot?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the structural elements which stand out in the first scenes of Act 1. How is musical improvisation used as a literary technique?

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

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

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

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

7. What is sung about and by whom in the songs "Who's Crazy" / "My Psychopharmacologist and I"?

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

9. What music opens Act 1, Scene 2? What does Natalie sing about in this song?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the author's use of irony and symbolism in Act 1, Scene 8. How is reality explored through the character of Gabe?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the character of Natalie in the narrative. How old is Natalie? What characteristics does she embody? With what characters is she closest?

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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