Waiting for Normal Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Leslie Connor
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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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

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.

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?

Addie's mother has a way of saying things to her daughter that are unkind. Addie accepts these comments as truth and doesn't seem to question them. Addie is scared when she finds that Soula is so sick and she isn't sure what to do. However, it is apparent that being with Addie brings Soula great joy and comfort. Addie is terrified of what might happen if her mother doesn't come home. She doesn't seem to be concerned about safety, but more about the problems that will be caused if her mother stays away.

1. Discuss the ways in which Denise is unkind in what she says to Addie. Use examples from "Waiting for Normal" and your own life to support your answer.

2. Why do you think Addie believes what her mother says about her as truth? What are some of the ways that Addie behaves that seems to contradict what her mother says about her? Use examples from "Waiting for Normal" and your own life to support your answer.

3. Given that she is constantly having to take care of her mother and her mother is often unkind to her, why do you think Addie is so afraid her mother won't come home? Use examples from "Waiting for Normal" and your own life to support your answer.

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