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. How do Soula and Elliot act to Addie?

2. What does Denise say is the reason she felt alright about disappearing?

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

4. For whom does Rick leave a note?

5. What nickname does Soula give Addie?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Addie do for Halloween?

4. For what does Soula use the board in her store and why doesn't Addie read the things on the board?

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

6. What does Denise say to Addie as she prepares to take Piccolo over to the mini-mart, and what is the effect of Denise's question?

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

8. What does Addie notice about her surroundings in her new home?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Often, authors will write about "what they know," and sometimes knowing a little about the author makes the books more interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Research and give a brief biographical sketch of Leslie Connor.

2. What in Connor's background may have helped her in writing "Waiting for Normal"? What may have influenced the way she depicts various characters and scenes?

3. Do you think there is always some of the author's own life in his/her novels? Why or why not? Give examples.

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

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of growth in "Waiting for Normal". Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with growth? Why? What are some symbols of growth? Symbols of rigidity? What characters seem rigid?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of honesty in "Waiting for Normal". Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters seem to have a difficult time telling the truth? Why?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of family in "Waiting for Normal". What is family to some of the major characters? Why is family important? Who needs a normal family? Who wants a normal family? Why?

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