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 was the name of the previous musical to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama before Next to Normal?

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

3. Who played the character of Dr. Fine/Dr. Madden in the original Broadway cast of Next to Normal?

4. What is the name of the protagonist's daughter in Next to Normal?

5. Who invites Henry to dinner in Act 1, Scene 5?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What does the song "I'm Alive" relate to in Act 1, Scene 8?

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

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

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

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

10. What do the members of the Goodman family sing about in the song "Just Another Day" in Act 1, Scene 1?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe and analyze the characters of Dan and Dr. Fine in the musical. What is the objective of each of these characters and how do they go about attaining those objectives?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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