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. Who confronts Addie after she has her tryout with Ms. Rivera?

2. What is Soula doing when Addie finds her?

3. Who does Denise call a reprobate?

4. What does Addie's mother do on the internet?

5. Where is Addie's bed in her new space?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens at Addie's tryout for the orchestra?

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

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

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

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

7. What does Addie do for Halloween?

8. Why does Denise begin yelling at Dwight when they are talking outside the trailer one day?

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

10. What does Addie say about six steps?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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?

Essay Topic 3

Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think "Waiting for Normal" is? Explain your response.

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