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. Where does Dwight say he and the Littles have moved?

2. Why does Addie feel sad as she watches Hannah and Dwight put Brynna and Katie to bed?

3. What is in the package Soula gives Addie to open at home?

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

5. What does Addie tell Hannah Addie once did?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Describe Addie's Christmas with her mother.

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

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

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

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

10. How does Addie "check out" Hannah?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Addie wants to dislike Hannah, but she can't. She thinks it is unfair that Hannah now has a connection with Dwight and the Littles, a connection that should be hers. She is happy that Dwight has found happiness, but is concerned about being left behind. Addie is also upset when Grandio makes unkind comments about her mother in front of Hannah. Seeing that Dwight, Hannah and the girls have a normal bedtime routine is strange for Addie. She is used to being the person in charge of the girls, which is her usual role in the family. It seems that Addie now has no role and she feels out of place. Hannah clearly tries to give her reassurance by allowing her to change Katie and by laughing about Brynna with her.

1. Discuss the reasons that Addie might want to dislike Hannah. Use examples from "Waiting for Normal" and your own life to support your answer.

2. Do you think Addie's feelings of being left out is normal? Why or why not? Use examples from "Waiting for Normal" and your own life to support your answer.

3. Discuss the ways in which Addie might be affected throughout her life by having to take on too much responsibility as such as young person. Use examples from "Waiting for Normal" and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of "Waiting for Normal", identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in "Waiting for Normal". (The subplots may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of growth in "Waiting for Normal". Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with growth? Why? What are some symbols of growth? Symbols of rigidity? What characters seem rigid?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of honesty in "Waiting for Normal". Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters seem to have a difficult time telling the truth? Why?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of family in "Waiting for Normal". What is family to some of the major characters? Why is family important? Who needs a normal family? Who wants a normal family? Why?

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