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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. How does Denise react to the idea of Addie spending Thanksgiving weekend with Dwight?
3. How does Addie feel about the dress her mother gets her for the concert?
4. What does Addie hear the last night she is at Hannah's home?
5. Why does Addie run home from her old school?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Dwight tell Addie that Addie has mixed feelings about the news?
2. What does Mommers say that completely dumbfounds Addie when Addie is talking to Mommers?
3. What does Grandio give Addie and how does she react?
4. What does Addie's mommers say when she drives up and what is in the car?
5. What is Elliot installing in the mini-mart and what does Soula think of it?
6. About what does Addie reminisce when she arrives at Grandio's?
7. What does Addie tell Mommers about the flute and how does Denise respond?
8. Who meets Addie at Lake George and why is it okay that her paper bag of clothes breaks?
9. How does Addie "check out" Hannah?
10. What is the dress like that Mommers buys Addie for her recital and what is Addie's response?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
Addie wants to dislike Hannah, but she can't. She thinks it is unfair that Hannah now has a connection with Dwight and the Littles, a connection that should be hers. She is happy that Dwight has found happiness, but is concerned about being left behind. Addie is also upset when Grandio makes unkind comments about her mother in front of Hannah. Seeing that Dwight, Hannah and the girls have a normal bedtime routine is strange for Addie. She is used to being the person in charge of the girls, which is her usual role in the family. It seems that Addie now has no role and she feels out of place. Hannah clearly tries to give her reassurance by allowing her to change Katie and by laughing about Brynna with her.
1. Discuss the reasons that Addie might want to dislike Hannah. Use examples from "Waiting for Normal" and your own life to support your answer.
2. Do you think Addie's feelings of being left out is normal? Why or why not? Use examples from "Waiting for Normal" and your own life to support your answer.
3. Discuss the ways in which Addie might be affected throughout her life by having to take on too much responsibility as such as young person. Use examples from "Waiting for Normal" and your own life to support your answer.
Essay Topic 3
1. What is foreshadowing? How many incidences of foreshadowing are in "Waiting for Normal"? How does foreshadowing contribute to a book's suspense?
2. Discuss an example of foreshadowing in "Waiting for Normal" including why you believe it is foreshadowing. Include examples from the book and your own life to illustrate your answer.
3. How do you think most people react to uncertainty in their lives? Use examples from "Waiting for Normal" and your own live to support your opinion.
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