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 does Diana not remember having had in Act 2, Scene 7?

2. What song is sung by Henry and Dan in Act 2, Scene 9?

3. The song sung by Dr. Madden and Diana in Act 2, Scene 7 is a reprise of what earlier song?

4. What overlapping ballad is sung by Natalie and Diana in Act 2, Scene 11?

5. As Diana goes out in Act 2, Scene 9, Henry says he'll wait for Natalie where?

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

4. What reaction does Diana have to returning home in Act 2, Scene 2? What song is sung?

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

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

7. How do the scenes flow between Act 2 Scenes 7 and 8? What does this represent symbolically?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Define the element of conflict in dramatic literature and discuss the conflicts between the characters in the play. What central conflict exists between Diana and Dan?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the conclusion of Act 1. What stylistic elements are in place in this climactic scene? What is pertinent about the reference to One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest?

Essay Topic 3

Analyze and discuss the theme of memory in the play. How do each of the characters react to Diana's memory loss?

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