Waiting for Normal Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 say about mid-December?

2. What does Addie tell her mother about the flute?

3. What does Addie decide when she wakes for school after Thanksgiving?

4. What does Addie think her mother is doing as Addie opens her presents?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens with the box of chocolates?

3. What does Denise ask Addie concerning Dwight's house and what is Addie's response?

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

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

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

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

8. How does Addie "check out" Hannah?

9. Describe Addie's Christmas with her mother.

10. What do Soula and Elliot give Addie for Christmas 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

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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