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 was Denise unwilling to do in the past concerning Addie?

2. Where is Hannah's home located?

3. What does Dwight say that makes Addie feel devastated?

4. Why has Dwight taken Brynna to see a therapist?

5. How does Denise react to the idea of Addie spending Thanksgiving weekend with Dwight?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Describe Addie's Christmas with her mother.

9. Describe the conversation between Addie and Ms. Rivera.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think "Waiting for Normal" is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

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

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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