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 are Soula and Elliot?

2. What is Empty Acre?

3. How does Addie feel about her new home?

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

5. Where does the sentence "Dory is a numbskull" appear?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why isn't Addie afraid to be home alone?

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

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

5. How does Addie learn that Soula and Elliot are not romantically involved?

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

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

8. Where is Addie moving, why and how does she feel about it?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?

2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as "Waiting for Normal" help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading this book? Why or why not.

3. Choose one specific incident in "Waiting for Normal" to discuss and compare one of the characters' response to how you think you would respond.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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