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 the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of "Waiting for Normal", identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in "Waiting for Normal". (The subplots may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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