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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 3, it has been how long since Natalie and Henry have talked?
2. In a reprise of what song in Act 2, Scene 10 do Diana and Gabe both resist the idea of more talk and electroshock therapy?
3. What happens to Natalie as Diana's body is taken into the treatment room in Act 2, Scene 1?
4. What theatrical term refers to the shutting off of stage lights?
5. What song in Act 2, Scene 1 is sung by Diana and Natalie?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Dr. Madden relate about Diana's memory loss in Act 2, Scene 4?
2. What does Natalie confess in the song "Next to Normal" in Act 2, Scene 11?
3. What object does Gabe give Diana in Act 2, Scene 8? What song is sung?
4. What questions does Diana bombard Dan with in Act 2, Scene 8? What is his response?
5. What reprise is sung by Diana in Act 2, Scene 7? What conversation takes place between Diana and Dr. Madden in this scene?
6. What is revealed about the character of Natalie in Act 2, Scene 1?
7. What does Natalie show Diana in Act 2, Scene 4? What effect does it have?
8. What question does Diana pose to Dr. Madden in Act 2, Scene 10? What is Madden's reply?
9. Why is Henry worried about Natalie in Act 2, Scene 3? Where does he ask her to go?
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 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
Discuss the effects of double-casting in dramatic works. What effect does having Dr. Madden and Dr. Fine played by one actor create in the audience? Are other roles in the play double-cast?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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