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 Grandio give Addie?

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

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

4. What does Ms. Rivera ask Addie?

5. Why does Addie wake her mother?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What happens with the box of chocolates?

5. Describe Addie's Christmas with her mother.

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Characters are an important part of what makes Waiting for Normal interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Addie. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

2. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Denise. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

3. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Dwight. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

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

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?

2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as "Waiting for Normal" help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading this book? Why or why not.

3. Choose one specific incident in "Waiting for Normal" to discuss and compare one of the characters' response to how you think you would respond.

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