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 realize about her mom and Pete?

2. What does Addie think she is looking for at Dwight's house?

3. What has Dwight tried to do before concerning Addie?

4. What is Elliot doing for Soula who thinks it's unnecessary?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What does Dwight do when he meets Addie after school on Valentine's Day?

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

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

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

9. What happens with the box of chocolates?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Addie is extremely responsible and grown up for her age; she will be entering the sixth grade in a couple of weeks. Mommers is portrayed as selfish and spoiled. She seems to feel Addie is ok taking care of the two of them, and she escapes her life's disappointments by getting online and smoking. It is clear that Addie misses the life she had with Dwight: being cared for, having family around and having security. However, Addie remains positive and doesn't seem to be too upset about the turns in her life. She seems to be used to them.

1. Discuss the ways in which Addie demonstrates her maturity for a sixth grader. Use examples from Waiting for Normal and your own life to support your answer.

2. Describe what you think is wrong with Denise including the problems you see with her role of mother to Addie. Use examples from "Waiting for Normal" and your own life to support your answer.

3. Do you think Addi is in denial and that is why she is able to stay positive about her life? Why or why not? Use examples from "Waiting for Normal" and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss "Waiting for Normal" based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if "Waiting for Normal" is a successful novel.

3. Do you think the criteria for a successful novel should be different if it is written for adults versus young adults? Why or why not? Would most adults consider "Waiting for Normal" a successful novel? What about young teens?

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