Waiting for Normal Test | Final 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. To what does Addie wake up?

2. What does Addie say about mid-December?

3. What thrills Addie about what she hears Dwight say to Hannah?

4. What does Addie decide after she and Hannah laugh together?

5. About what does Denise complain concerning Dwight?

Short Essay Questions

1. About what does Addie reminisce when she arrives at Grandio's?

2. What does Mommers say that completely dumbfounds Addie when Addie is talking to Mommers?

3. Why does Addie back out of playing at the concert?

4. What does Denise ask Addie concerning Dwight's house and what is Addie's response?

5. What is Elliot installing in the mini-mart and what does Soula think of it?

6. Who meets Addie at Lake George and why is it okay that her paper bag of clothes breaks?

7. What does Addie's mommers say when she drives up and what is in the car?

8. What happens with the box of chocolates?

9. What does Addie tell Mommers about the flute and how does Denise respond?

10. What does Dwight do when he meets Addie after school on Valentine's Day?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Often, authors will write about "what they know," and sometimes knowing a little about the author makes the books more interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Research and give a brief biographical sketch of Leslie Connor.

2. What in Connor's background may have helped her in writing "Waiting for Normal"? What may have influenced the way she depicts various characters and scenes?

3. Do you think there is always some of the author's own life in his/her novels? Why or why not? Give examples.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss "Waiting for Normal" based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if "Waiting for Normal" is a successful novel.

3. Do you think the criteria for a successful novel should be different if it is written for adults versus young adults? Why or why not? Would most adults consider "Waiting for Normal" a successful novel? What about young teens?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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