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 refers to a bouncy, fast pace in music?

2. What song does Dr. Madden sing, along with Diana and Dan in Act 2, Scene 4?

3. What does Diana reveal Gabe died from in Act 2, Scene 11?

4. What reprise is sung by Natalie and Henry in Act 2, Scene 12?

5. What refers to a comparatively non-aggressive, melodic style of rock music in which the arrangement and lyrics are emphasized more than the beat?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What do Henry and Natalie witness between Diana and Dan in Act 2, Scene 8?

3. What does Diana reveal to Natalie in their brief scene in Act 2, Scene 11?

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

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

6. What is the conclusion of Diana's and Dr. Madden's disagreement in Act 2, Scene 10?

7. Where are Henry and Natalie in Act 2, Scene 1? Why is Natalie distraught?

8. What does Dan attempt to show Diana in Act 2, Scene 4? What makes Natalie almost leave?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the relationship and correlations between Diana and Natalie in the opening of Act 2. How does this intercut scene reflect their similarities?

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

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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