My questionnaire has 24 likert scale items, asking students if they consider some issues right. The likert scale has 7 responses, as follows: It’s Never right , It’s Seldom right, Sometimes it’s right, It’s Frequently right, It’s Always right, I don’t know if it’s right or not, I don’t know what this means. The answers I have collected are more than 1000.

1. What do you consider the best statistical test to use?

2. Should I do a test for normal distribution, or is it not necessary for likert scale items?

I have read many contradictory information on this, so your expert advice means a lot to me!

Thank you in advance for your time and effort!