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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. In Act 2, Scene 2, Natalie comments ironically on how good the treatment is - her mother's mind is "so pure / that she doesn't _____."
2. What song is sung by Diana and Natalie in Act 2, Scene 9?
3. Diana sings that she believes her real problem is not in her mind but in what, in Act 2, Scene 10?
4. Who arrives after Dan goes upstairs to bed in Act 2, Scene 5?
5. What refers to the original form of rock music, basically dependent on a consistently loud and strong beat?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Natalie show Diana in Act 2, Scene 4? What effect does it have?
2. What does Diana reveal to Natalie in their brief scene in Act 2, Scene 11?
3. What is revealed in the conversation between Henry and Natalie in Act 2, Scene 12?
4. Where are Henry and Natalie in Act 2, Scene 1? Why is Natalie distraught?
5. What questions does Diana bombard Dan with in Act 2, Scene 8? What is his response?
6. What does Dan attempt to show Diana in Act 2, Scene 4? What makes Natalie almost leave?
7. What interaction takes place between Henry and Natalie in Act 2, Scene 6?
8. What does Natalie confess in the song "Next to Normal" in Act 2, Scene 11?
9. What is the conclusion of Diana's and Dr. Madden's disagreement in Act 2, Scene 10?
10. What song is sung together by Natalie and Diana in Act 2, Scene 1? What does it reveal?
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
Describe and analyze the role of Gabe in Next to Normal. With what characters does Gabe interact and what is symbolized through Gabe's character?
Essay Topic 3
Discuss the theme of sibling rivalry in the narrative. How is this theme manifested in the relationship between Gabe and Natalie?
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