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. Why has Dwight taken Brynna to see a therapist?

2. What does Addie decide on the last night of her visit with Dwight and his family?

3. Why does Hannah move home after living out West for a while?

4. By what numbers does Hannah say she lived her life thus far?

5. What is in the package Soula gives Addie to open at home?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Dwight tell Addie that Addie has mixed feelings about the news?

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

3. What happens with the box of chocolates?

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

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

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

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

8. What makes Addie sad when she witnesses Dwight and Hannah putting the Littles to bed?

9. Describe Addie's Christmas with her mother.

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

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Over the course of "Waiting for Normal", Addie grows as a person in both complexity and understanding. "Waiting for Normal" might be considered a slice of Addie's larger story, of her "coming of age." It might be said that this novel is a "bildungsroman" of Addie Schmeeter. Discuss the following:

1. Define Bildungsroman, or "Coming of Age," and give several examples from literature you have read.

2. Trace and analyze the character of Addie as she changes from a more carefree, innocent girl to a wiser young girl. What are the significant events that change Addie?

3. After thoroughly analyzing Addie's growth throughout Waiting for Normal, do you think "Waiting for Normal" could be considered Addie's Coming of Age story? Why or why not?

4. Are there any other characters in "Waiting for Normal" who go through a Coming of Age experience? Who? Why do you think so?

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