Mid-Book Test - Hard
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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'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?
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
Waiting for Normal belongs to the young teen novel genre. Discuss the following:
1. Define the literary term "genre" and give several examples of three other genres in addition to the young teen novel genre.
2. Discuss two reasons why it might be useful to label a text by genre and two reasons it might be disadvantageous to label a text by genre.
3. What do you think is the difference between a young teen novel and a mystery?
Essay Topic 3
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.
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