Waiting for Normal Test | 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. Where is Addie's bed in her new space?

2. Why does Denise get in a fight with Dwight when he brings his daughters over?

3. For how long does Addie's mom disappear when Addie is nine?

4. What does Addie find when she returns home after showing off her hamster?

5. What does Addie's mother forbid her to do?

Short Essay Questions

1. What makes Addie sad when she witnesses Dwight and Hannah putting the Littles to bed?

2. How does Denise feel about the trailer and why?

3. What happens when Dwight brings the Littles to the trailer?

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

5. How does Addie compare herself to Brynna and what is Dwight's response?

6. What is the dress like that Mommers buys Addie for her recital and what is Addie's response?

7. Describe the conversation between Addie and Ms. Rivera.

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

9. Who arrives in a silver car and how did the woman know to come?

10. What does Dwight tell Addie that Addie has mixed feelings about the news?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Over the course of "Waiting for Normal", Addie grows as a person in both complexity and understanding. "Waiting for Normal" might be considered a slice of Addie's larger story, of her "coming of age." It might be said that this novel is a "bildungsroman" of Addie Schmeeter. Discuss the following:

1. Define Bildungsroman, or "Coming of Age," and give several examples from literature you have read.

2. Trace and analyze the character of Addie as she changes from a more carefree, innocent girl to a wiser young girl. What are the significant events that change Addie?

3. After thoroughly analyzing Addie's growth throughout Waiting for Normal, do you think "Waiting for Normal" could be considered Addie's Coming of Age story? Why or why not?

4. Are there any other characters in "Waiting for Normal" who go through a Coming of Age experience? Who? Why do you think so?

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

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in "Waiting for Normal".

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of "Waiting for Normal". How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of "Waiting for Normal". How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

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