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. What did Grandio say about the times when Dwight helped on the farm?

2. Why does Addie stop checking out library books?

3. What does Denise ask Addie to do with Dwight's check?

4. What is one thing that Addie gets for Christmas from her minimart friends?

5. Why does Denise tell Addie to be sure to take the right bus home?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the dress like that Mommers buys Addie for her recital and what is Addie's response?

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

3. What do Soula and Elliot give Addie for Christmas and what is Addie's response?

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

5. What conversation does Addie overhear the night before she is leaving and how does she feel?

6. How does Hannah sum up her past to Addie?

7. How does Addie "check out" Hannah?

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

9. What business does Hannah have and how do the girls help Hannah in the business?

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

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

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of "Waiting for Normal", identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in "Waiting for Normal". (The subplots may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?

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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