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. Where does Addie have lunch?

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

3. What does Addie use to pack her clothes in for the weekend?

4. Why does Addie not mind when her paper bag with her clothes breaks?

5. Why does Addie stop checking out library books?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Grandio give Addie and how does she react?

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

3. About what does Addie reminisce when she arrives at Grandio's?

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

5. Describe the conversation between Addie and Ms. Rivera.

6. What does Denise say about Addie visiting Grandio and Dwight's family over Thanksgiving?

7. How does Addie "check out" Hannah?

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

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

10. What conversation does Addie overhear the night before she is leaving and how does she feel?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast the characters of Addie and Denise. How are they similar? How are they different? Is there a flaw in each of their personalities? Be specific and give examples.

2. Compare/contrast the characters of Hannah and Denise. How do they seem different? Which do you like more? Why? Which one seems more of a well-rounded character?

3. Thoroughly analyze how three of the secondary characters in "Waiting for Normal" help drive the plot and what their contribution is to the storyline. Are any of the secondary characters unnecessary? Indispensable? Which of the secondary characters are likable? Which are either unlikable or even despicable? Be specific and give examples.

Essay Topic 2

There are a number of interesting questions raised by "Waiting for Normal". Questions that Connor most likely want readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:

1. What does the term "author agenda" mean?

2. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the Connor's agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Connor's probable agenda concerning that idea.

2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?

3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?

4. Research the life of Connor and see if/where her life may have influenced her writing.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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