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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. Why does Addie insist upon buying a cup of soup at the minimart?
2. What does Addie hear the last night she is at Hannah's home?
3. Why does Addie invite Hannah to sit by the fire after dinner?
4. What does Addie think her mother is doing as Addie opens her presents?
5. What does Hannah do in her basement?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the dress like that Mommers buys Addie for her recital and what is Addie's response?
2. How does Addie compare herself to Brynna and what is Dwight's response?
3. What happens with the box of chocolates?
4. Who meets Addie at Lake George and why is it okay that her paper bag of clothes breaks?
5. What conversation does Addie overhear the night before she is leaving and how does she feel?
6. What does Denise ask Addie concerning Dwight's house and what is Addie's response?
7. Why does Addie back out of playing at the concert?
8. What business does Hannah have and how do the girls help Hannah in the business?
9. How does Addie react when she finds Hannah making breakfast the next morning?
10. What does Grandio give Addie and how does she react?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Waiting for Normal belongs to the young teen novel genre. Discuss the following:
1. Define the literary term "genre" and give several examples of three other genres in addition to the young teen novel genre.
2. Discuss two reasons why it might be useful to label a text by genre and two reasons it might be disadvantageous to label a text by genre.
3. What do you think is the difference between a young teen novel and a mystery?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
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.
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