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. Act 1, Scene 4 flashes back to Dan's proposal, which was prompted by the news that Diana was what?

2. How many Tony Awards did Next to Normal win the year it was nominated for eleven awards?

3. What refers to the intentional taking of one's own life?

4. How old is the protagonist's daughter in Next to Normal?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the subject and style of the song "Superboy and the Invisible Girl"? Who sings it?

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

3. How is Gabe different as a character from the others in Act 1, Scenes 1-3?

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

5. How does Gabe's character stand apart from the others in Act 1, Scene 9?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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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