Waiting for Normal Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Leslie Connor
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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 Addie's mother forbid her to do?

2. What does Addie tell Denise Addie will be doing on Halloween?

3. Where does Addie discover a glass room?

4. What does Addie say she does not want to know when Mommers drives her to school?

5. Over what do Addie and her mother laugh?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Elliot installing in the mini-mart and what does Soula think of it?

2. What were the reactions of Dwight and Grandio when they learned about Denise's disappearance when Addie is nine?

3. For what does Soula use the board in her store and why doesn't Addie read the things on the board?

4. What does Addie find when she stops at the mini-mart?

5. Where is Addie moving, why and how does she feel about it?

6. What does Soula say in a letter to Addie?

7. Why isn't Addie afraid to be home alone?

8. What does Addie do as she is riding away from the mini-mart with Grandio?

9. What amazing news does Dwight convey to Addie?

10. How does Addie compare herself to Brynna and what is Dwight's response?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss "Waiting for Normal" based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if "Waiting for Normal" is a successful novel.

3. Do you think the criteria for a successful novel should be different if it is written for adults versus young adults? Why or why not? Would most adults consider "Waiting for Normal" a successful novel? What about young teens?

Essay Topic 2

There are a number of interesting questions raised by "Waiting for Normal". Questions that Connor most likely want readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:

1. What does the term "author agenda" mean?

2. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the Connor's agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Connor's probable agenda concerning that idea.

2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?

3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?

4. Research the life of Connor and see if/where her life may have influenced her writing.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in "Waiting for Normal".

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of "Waiting for Normal". How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of "Waiting for Normal". How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

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