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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 does Addie decide on the last night of her visit with Dwight and his family?
2. What is one thing that Addie gets for Christmas from her minimart friends?
3. What does Addie say about mid-December?
4. Why does Addie stop checking out library books?
5. What does Addie hear the last night she is at Hannah's home?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Addie's mommers say when she drives up and what is in the car?
2. What does Denise say about Addie visiting Grandio and Dwight's family over Thanksgiving?
3. What does Dwight do when he meets Addie after school on Valentine's Day?
4. What does Grandio give Addie and how does she react?
5. What happens with the box of chocolates?
6. How does Addie "check out" Hannah?
7. Why does Addie back out of playing at the concert?
8. How does Addie react when she finds Hannah making breakfast the next morning?
9. What is Elliot installing in the mini-mart and what does Soula think of it?
10. How does Hannah sum up her past to Addie?
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
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 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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