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 Rick call Elliot?

2. What does Addie ask her mother if she does?

3. What does Denise say about Pete?

4. What does Addie wish her mom?

5. What does Soula put on the board in her store?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Addie do for Halloween?

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

3. What does Denise say to Addie as she prepares to take Piccolo over to the mini-mart, and what is the effect of Denise's question?

4. What does Dwight promise Addie as he is leaving?

5. How does Addie learn about Soula's illness?

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

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

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

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

10. What are the two vocabulary words Addie is learning that day, and why is she learning them?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Addie wants to dislike Hannah, but she can't. She thinks it is unfair that Hannah now has a connection with Dwight and the Littles, a connection that should be hers. She is happy that Dwight has found happiness, but is concerned about being left behind. Addie is also upset when Grandio makes unkind comments about her mother in front of Hannah. Seeing that Dwight, Hannah and the girls have a normal bedtime routine is strange for Addie. She is used to being the person in charge of the girls, which is her usual role in the family. It seems that Addie now has no role and she feels out of place. Hannah clearly tries to give her reassurance by allowing her to change Katie and by laughing about Brynna with her.

1. Discuss the reasons that Addie might want to dislike Hannah. Use examples from "Waiting for Normal" and your own life to support your answer.

2. Do you think Addie's feelings of being left out is normal? Why or why not? Use examples from "Waiting for Normal" and your own life to support your answer.

3. Discuss the ways in which Addie might be affected throughout her life by having to take on too much responsibility as such as young person. Use examples from "Waiting for Normal" and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Addie is extremely responsible and grown up for her age; she will be entering the sixth grade in a couple of weeks. Mommers is portrayed as selfish and spoiled. She seems to feel Addie is ok taking care of the two of them, and she escapes her life's disappointments by getting online and smoking. It is clear that Addie misses the life she had with Dwight: being cared for, having family around and having security. However, Addie remains positive and doesn't seem to be too upset about the turns in her life. She seems to be used to them.

1. Discuss the ways in which Addie demonstrates her maturity for a sixth grader. Use examples from Waiting for Normal and your own life to support your answer.

2. Describe what you think is wrong with Denise including the problems you see with her role of mother to Addie. Use examples from "Waiting for Normal" and your own life to support your answer.

3. Do you think Addi is in denial and that is why she is able to stay positive about her life? Why or why not? Use examples from "Waiting for Normal" and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in "Waiting for Normal". Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Connor chooses the symbols he does?

2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in the novel. Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Connor chooses the metaphors she does?

3. Discuss Connor's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, cliffhangers, deux ex machina, etc.), and how they add or detract from the story. Does Connor use too many or too little literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme).

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