Waiting for Normal Test | Lesson Plans 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

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Waiting for Normal belongs to the young teen novel genre. Discuss the following:

1. Define the literary term "genre" and give several examples of three other genres in addition to the young teen novel genre.

2. Discuss two reasons why it might be useful to label a text by genre and two reasons it might be disadvantageous to label a text by genre.

3. What do you think is the difference between a young teen novel and a mystery?

Essay Topic 3

Many novels, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of "Waiting for Normal" and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why "Waiting for Normal" is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

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