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. Why does Addie invite Hannah to sit by the fire after dinner?

2. What does Addie tell Hannah Addie will do?

3. What does Denise say she is doing the rest of Christmas day?

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

5. Why has Dwight taken Brynna to see a therapist?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What conversation does Addie overhear the night before she is leaving and how does she feel?

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

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

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

6. How does Hannah sum up her past to Addie?

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

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

9. Why does Addie back out of playing at the concert?

10. What makes Addie sad when she witnesses Dwight and Hannah putting the Littles to bed?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast the characters of Addie and Denise. How are they similar? How are they different? Is there a flaw in each of their personalities? Be specific and give examples.

2. Compare/contrast the characters of Hannah and Denise. How do they seem different? Which do you like more? Why? Which one seems more of a well-rounded character?

3. Thoroughly analyze how three of the secondary characters in "Waiting for Normal" help drive the plot and what their contribution is to the storyline. Are any of the secondary characters unnecessary? Indispensable? Which of the secondary characters are likable? Which are either unlikable or even despicable? Be specific and give examples.

Essay Topic 2

Often, authors will write about "what they know," and sometimes knowing a little about the author makes the books more interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Research and give a brief biographical sketch of Leslie Connor.

2. What in Connor's background may have helped her in writing "Waiting for Normal"? What may have influenced the way she depicts various characters and scenes?

3. Do you think there is always some of the author's own life in his/her novels? Why or why not? Give examples.

Essay Topic 3

Many novels, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of "Waiting for Normal" and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why "Waiting for Normal" is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

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