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. Diana reveals what to Dan in Act 1, Scene 6?

2. Who is the protagonist of Next to Normal?

3. What hard driving rock tune does Diana sing in Act 1, Scene 6?

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

5. What is the title of the song sung by Natalie in Act 1, Scene 2?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What reprise is sung between Dan and Gabe in Act 2, Scene 13? What is symbolized in this song?

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

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

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

7. What do Henry and Natalie witness between Diana and Dan in Act 2, Scene 8?

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

9. What structurally takes place in Act 1, Scenes 10 and 11? What film is references in these scenes?

10. What does Dr. Madden suggest to Diana in Act 1, Scene 10? Where does she go after she leaves his office?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Describe and discuss the symbolic and metaphorical elements in Act 1, Scene 10. How does this scene illustrate the suicide attempt of the protagonist in a creative way?

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