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'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 Topics

Essay Topic 1

There are a number of interesting questions raised by "Waiting for Normal". Questions that Connor most likely want readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:

1. What does the term "author agenda" mean?

2. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the Connor's agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Connor's probable agenda concerning that idea.

2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?

3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?

4. Research the life of Connor and see if/where her life may have influenced her writing.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of growth in "Waiting for Normal". Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with growth? Why? What are some symbols of growth? Symbols of rigidity? What characters seem rigid?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of honesty in "Waiting for Normal". Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters seem to have a difficult time telling the truth? Why?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of family in "Waiting for Normal". What is family to some of the major characters? Why is family important? Who needs a normal family? Who wants a normal family? Why?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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