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. When Diana is unable to remember Natalie in a photo, Natalie attempts to do what in Act 2, Scene 4?

2. What object appears along with Gabe in the ending of Act 2, Scene 4?

3. What does Henry claim could potentially happen, which would be perfect, in Act 2, Scene 12?

4. When Henry says he'll be there for Natalie in Act 2, Scene 12, she protests, with increasing anger, that she might turn out to what?

5. What song is sung by Henry and Natalie in Act 2, Scene 6?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What does Natalie confess in the song "Next to Normal" in Act 2, Scene 11?

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

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

10. What ironic comment does Natalie make about her mother's treatment in Act 2, Scene 2?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Analyze and discuss the song "Hey #2" and the role of reprise in the musical. What effect do reprises have on the reader/audience member?

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