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 tell Hannah Addie once did?

2. What does Addie hear the last night she is at Hannah's home?

3. What has Mommers brought home when she arrives?

4. What does Addie tell Hannah Addie will do?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What happens with the box of chocolates?

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

7. What business does Hannah have and how do the girls help Hannah in the business?

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

9. What do Soula and Elliot give Addie for Christmas and what is Addie's response?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in "Waiting for Normal".

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of "Waiting for Normal". How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of "Waiting for Normal". How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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