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 is wrong with Soula?

2. What does Denise say about Pete?

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

4. What happened to their former house after Dwight moves out?

5. What does Denise ask Addie about Soula and Elliot?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Addie say about six steps?

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

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

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

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

8. Who does Addie meet at the mini-mart and what does the person tell Addie?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. Who is/are the protagonists of the story and why?

2. Who is/are the antagonists of the story and why?

3. Which 3 secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot?

4. Are any of the characters dispensable and which ones? Why or why not?

5. Do you think this is a character-driven plot or an action-driven plot? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Many novels, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of "Waiting for Normal" and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why "Waiting for Normal" is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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