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. When did Next to Normal close on Broadway?

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

3. What word means lying asleep or as if asleep; inactive, as in sleep; torpid?

4. What song does Diana, Natalie and Gabe sing in Act 1, Scene 7?

5. Who played the character of Natalie in the original Broadway cast of Next to Normal?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What is symbolized in Gabe's comment "I own you," in Act 1, Scene 8? What is revealed in this scene regarding his character?

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

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

9. What are Henry and Natalie doing in Act 1, Scene 4? Who watches them?

10. What is the song "I Miss the Mountains" metaphorical for? What does Diana do while singing it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the setting of Next to Normal. What are the time and place in which the action takes place? How is the setting evoked in the music?

Essay Topic 2

Define the element of conflict in dramatic literature and discuss the conflicts between the characters in the play. What central conflict exists between Diana and Dan?

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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