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 does Addie tell Dwight and Hannah is wrong when they ask her?

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

3. What does Addie tell Hannah Addie will do?

4. What do Helena and Addie get when they pass the firehouse?

5. What does Elliot say Addie might do some day?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens with the box of chocolates?

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

4. How does Addie compare herself to Brynna and what is Dwight's response?

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

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

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

8. How does Addie react when she finds Hannah making breakfast the next morning?

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

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

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

Often, authors will write about "what they know," and sometimes knowing a little about the author makes the books more interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Research and give a brief biographical sketch of Leslie Connor.

2. What in Connor's background may have helped her in writing "Waiting for Normal"? What may have influenced the way she depicts various characters and scenes?

3. Do you think there is always some of the author's own life in his/her novels? Why or why not? Give examples.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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