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 Dwight want the courts to decide?

2. What joke does Soula make about being large?

3. Where has Addie just moved when the book opens?

4. What does Addie find when she returns home after showing off her hamster?

5. What does Denise do on Monday morning when Addie is leaving for school?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What does Denise say about the new car she is driving?

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

9. What does Addie do for Halloween?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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

Over the course of "Waiting for Normal", Addie grows as a person in both complexity and understanding. "Waiting for Normal" might be considered a slice of Addie's larger story, of her "coming of age." It might be said that this novel is a "bildungsroman" of Addie Schmeeter. Discuss the following:

1. Define Bildungsroman, or "Coming of Age," and give several examples from literature you have read.

2. Trace and analyze the character of Addie as she changes from a more carefree, innocent girl to a wiser young girl. What are the significant events that change Addie?

3. After thoroughly analyzing Addie's growth throughout Waiting for Normal, do you think "Waiting for Normal" could be considered Addie's Coming of Age story? Why or why not?

4. Are there any other characters in "Waiting for Normal" who go through a Coming of Age experience? Who? Why do you think so?

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