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 ask Mommers about the money Dwight gave them?

2. What time does Addie's mother awaken?

3. Who has arranged for where Addie is living?

4. What does Addie wish her mom?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Who meets Addie at Lake George and why is it okay that her paper bag of clothes breaks?

4. What do Soula and Elliot give Addie for Christmas and what is Addie's response?

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

6. Why does Addie back out of playing at the concert?

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

8. What does Denise say about Addie visiting Grandio and Dwight's family over Thanksgiving?

9. What does Addie refuse to do when she gets home and what does she tell Piccolo about it?

10. What does Dwight do when he meets Addie after school on Valentine's Day?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

1. What is foreshadowing? How many incidences of foreshadowing are in "Waiting for Normal"? How does foreshadowing contribute to a book's suspense?

2. Discuss an example of foreshadowing in "Waiting for Normal" including why you believe it is foreshadowing. Include examples from the book and your own life to illustrate your answer.

3. How do you think most people react to uncertainty in their lives? Use examples from "Waiting for Normal" and your own live to support your opinion.

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