Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz 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?
Addie's mother has a way of saying things to her daughter that are unkind. Addie accepts these comments as truth and doesn't seem to question them. Addie is scared when she finds that Soula is so sick and she isn't sure what to do. However, it is apparent that being with Addie brings Soula great joy and comfort. Addie is terrified of what might happen if her mother doesn't come home. She doesn't seem to be concerned about safety, but more about the problems that will be caused if her mother stays away.
1. Discuss the ways in which Denise is unkind in what she says to Addie. Use examples from "Waiting for Normal" and your own life to support your answer.
2. Why do you think Addie believes what her mother says about her as truth? What are some of the ways that Addie behaves that seems to contradict what her mother says about her? Use examples from "Waiting for Normal" and your own life to support your answer.
3. Given that she is constantly having to take care of her mother and her mother is often unkind to her, why do you think Addie is so afraid her mother won't come home? Use examples from "Waiting for Normal" and your own life to support your answer.
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).
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.
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