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 was Mommers going to make Addie for dinner?

2. How many steps are there to get to anywhere in the house?

3. What does Soula say kept reappearing?

4. How does Addie feel about her new home?

5. Why does Denise get in a fight with Dwight when he brings his daughters over?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are the two vocabulary words Addie is learning that day, and why is she learning them?

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

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

5. What does Dwight promise Addie as he is leaving?

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

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

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

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

10. What does Addie do for Halloween?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Addie is extremely responsible and grown up for her age; she will be entering the sixth grade in a couple of weeks. Mommers is portrayed as selfish and spoiled. She seems to feel Addie is ok taking care of the two of them, and she escapes her life's disappointments by getting online and smoking. It is clear that Addie misses the life she had with Dwight: being cared for, having family around and having security. However, Addie remains positive and doesn't seem to be too upset about the turns in her life. She seems to be used to them.

1. Discuss the ways in which Addie demonstrates her maturity for a sixth grader. Use examples from Waiting for Normal and your own life to support your answer.

2. Describe what you think is wrong with Denise including the problems you see with her role of mother to Addie. Use examples from "Waiting for Normal" and your own life to support your answer.

3. Do you think Addi is in denial and that is why she is able to stay positive about her life? Why or why not? Use examples from "Waiting for Normal" and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast the characters of Addie and Denise. How are they similar? How are they different? Is there a flaw in each of their personalities? Be specific and give examples.

2. Compare/contrast the characters of Hannah and Denise. How do they seem different? Which do you like more? Why? Which one seems more of a well-rounded character?

3. Thoroughly analyze how three of the secondary characters in "Waiting for Normal" help drive the plot and what their contribution is to the storyline. Are any of the secondary characters unnecessary? Indispensable? Which of the secondary characters are likable? Which are either unlikable or even despicable? Be specific and give examples.

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