Next to Normal Test | Final 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. What theatrical term refers to the shutting off of stage lights?

2. What refers to a figure of speech in which a term or phrase is applied to something to which it is not literally applicable in order to suggest a resemblance?

3. Natalie claims in Act 2, Scene 1 that she deserves to party because her mother is being what?

4. What word means to manage or influence skillfully, especially in an unfair manner?

5. How old was Gabe when Diana recalls having rushed him to the hospital in Act 2, Scene 8?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is revealed about the character of Natalie in Act 2, Scene 1?

2. What song is sung together by Natalie and Diana in Act 2, Scene 1? What does it reveal?

3. Who arrives after Dan leaves in Act 2, Scene 5? What interaction takes place with Diana?

4. What is symbolized in the song "Next to Normal" in the musical?

5. What does Dr. Madden relate about Diana's memory loss in Act 2, Scene 4?

6. What song does Gabe sing in Act 2, Scene 5? What metaphor is used in the song?

7. What question does Diana pose to Dr. Madden in Act 2, Scene 10? What is Madden's reply?

8. What reprise is sung by Diana in Act 2, Scene 7? What conversation takes place between Diana and Dr. Madden in this scene?

9. What questions does Diana bombard Dan with in Act 2, Scene 8? What is his response?

10. What object does Gabe give Diana in Act 2, Scene 8? What song is sung?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the theme of sibling rivalry in the narrative. How is this theme manifested in the relationship between Gabe and Natalie?

Essay Topic 2

Describe and discuss the character of Henry in the narrative and the motif of drug use. How does Henry's character differ from the characters of the Goodman family?

Essay Topic 3

Analyze the role of the choral ensemble in Next to Normal. How does the chorus relate to choruses of the Classical Greek theater?

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