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. How does Addie feel about her new home?

2. What does Dwight tell Addie he has set up for her in her new home?

3. What does Dwight want the courts to decide?

4. What does Denise do on Monday morning when Addie is leaving for school?

5. For whom does Rick leave a note?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Addie do for Halloween?

2. How does Denise look when Addie returns home and what does Denise tell Addie?

3. Who does Addie meet at the mini-mart and what does the person tell Addie?

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

5. How does Denise feel about the trailer and why?

6. What does Mommers say when she finally arrives home at 2 a.m.?

7. What does Denise say about the new car she is driving?

8. How have things changed since Mommers begins to work for Pete?

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

10. Why is everyone happy for Addie and how does Denise suggest they celebrate?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Waiting for Normal belongs to the young teen novel genre. Discuss the following:

1. Define the literary term "genre" and give several examples of three other genres in addition to the young teen novel genre.

2. Discuss two reasons why it might be useful to label a text by genre and two reasons it might be disadvantageous to label a text by genre.

3. What do you think is the difference between a young teen novel and a mystery?

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

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think "Waiting for Normal" is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

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