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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 does Addie feel sad as she watches Hannah and Dwight put Brynna and Katie to bed?
2. What does Ms. Rivera ask Addie?
3. What does Addie decide when she wakes for school after Thanksgiving?
4. Why does Addie stop checking out library books?
5. What does Addie make for Soula, Elliot and Rick?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Addie back out of playing at the concert?
2. What does Denise say about Addie visiting Grandio and Dwight's family over Thanksgiving?
3. What conversation does Addie overhear the night before she is leaving and how does she feel?
4. What do Soula and Elliot give Addie for Christmas and what is Addie's response?
5. About what does Addie reminisce when she arrives at Grandio's?
6. What is Elliot installing in the mini-mart and what does Soula think of it?
7. What is the dress like that Mommers buys Addie for her recital and what is Addie's response?
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. How does Addie "check out" Hannah?
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
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 3
Characters are an important part of what makes Waiting for Normal interesting. Discuss the following:
1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Addie. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.
2. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Denise. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.
3. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Dwight. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.
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