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. Why does Addie take a book instead of getting on the computer?

2. What does Denise ask Addie about Soula and Elliot?

3. Where does Addie discover a glass room?

4. What time does Mommers wake Addie to say she is home?

5. What is wrong with Soula?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Addie calls Dwight about the fire?

2. How does Addie react when she finds Hannah making breakfast the next morning?

3. What does Addie notice about her surroundings in her new home?

4. What does Denise ask Addie concerning Dwight's house and what is Addie's response?

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

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

7. Describe Addie's Christmas with her mother.

8. How does Addie "check out" Hannah?

9. What do Helena and her mother bring to Grandio's house and why doesn't Addie think she'll see Helena again?

10. Why does Helena have to see the school nurse?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of growth in "Waiting for Normal". Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with growth? Why? What are some symbols of growth? Symbols of rigidity? What characters seem rigid?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of honesty in "Waiting for Normal". Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters seem to have a difficult time telling the truth? Why?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of family in "Waiting for Normal". What is family to some of the major characters? Why is family important? Who needs a normal family? Who wants a normal family? Why?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the following:

1. Who is/are the protagonists of the story and why?

2. Who is/are the antagonists of the story and why?

3. Which 3 secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot?

4. Are any of the characters dispensable and which ones? Why or why not?

5. Do you think this is a character-driven plot or an action-driven plot? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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