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 Dwight say that makes Addie feel devastated?

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

3. How does Denise react to the idea of Addie spending Thanksgiving weekend with Dwight?

4. Why is Addie disappointed when she gets home?

5. What does Addie tell Hannah Addie once did?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. How does Addie "check out" Hannah?

7. What does Mommers say that completely dumbfounds Addie when Addie is talking to Mommers?

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

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

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

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

Discuss the following:

1. Who is/are the protagonists of the story and why?

2. Who is/are the antagonists of the story and why?

3. Which 3 secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot?

4. Are any of the characters dispensable and which ones? Why or why not?

5. Do you think this is a character-driven plot or an action-driven plot? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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