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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 form of treatment does Diana's doctor begin in the ending of Act 1, Scene 8?
2. Who played the character of Henry in the original Broadway cast of Next to Normal?
3. What refers to a substance in its carbonate or citrate form used in the treatment or prophylaxis of bipolar disorder or mania?
4. Dan reminds Diana that Gabe has been dead for how long in Act 1, Scene 5?
5. Approximately how old was Gabe when he died?
Short Essay Questions
1. What song does Dan sing to Diana about their son in Act 1, Scene 5? What does the song reveal?
2. How is the Goodman family portrayed in the first scenes of Act 1?
3. How does Gabe's character stand apart from the others in Act 1, Scene 9?
4. What does the song "I'm Alive" relate to in Act 1, Scene 8?
5. What is sung about and by whom in the songs "Who's Crazy" / "My Psychopharmacologist and I"?
6. What is revealed about the character of Gabe in Act 1, Scenes 4 and 5?
7. How is Gabe different as a character from the others in Act 1, Scenes 1-3?
8. What is the subject and style of the song "Superboy and the Invisible Girl"? Who sings it?
9. What do the members of the Goodman family sing about in the song "Just Another Day" in Act 1, Scene 1?
10. Describe the symbolic and metaphoric elements in Act 1, Scenes 10 and 11. What object becomes important in these scenes and why?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 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
Analyze and discuss the structural elements of the play and its transitions. How are these transitions reflective of the themes of the narrative?
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