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. What does Addie call her mother's bedroom?

2. What does Dwight tell Denise he has been offered?

3. What does Soula say she wants to do when Addie starts to go home?

4. What has changed as far as money for Denise and Addie?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How have things changed since Mommers begins to work for Pete?

4. How does Addie learn that Soula and Elliot are not romantically involved?

5. How does Addie learn about Soula's illness?

6. What does Addie notice on the newspaper clipping board at the mini-mart one day?

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

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

9. How does Denise look when Addie returns home and what does Denise tell Addie?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

1. What is foreshadowing? How many incidences of foreshadowing are in "Waiting for Normal"? How does foreshadowing contribute to a book's suspense?

2. Discuss an example of foreshadowing in "Waiting for Normal" including why you believe it is foreshadowing. Include examples from the book and your own life to illustrate your answer.

3. How do you think most people react to uncertainty in their lives? Use examples from "Waiting for Normal" and your own live to support your opinion.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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