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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. Tara asks Donna how she can do what after going to Communion in Chapter 11?
2. What is Donna's last name?
3. What school friend of Tara's is described as black and dramatic in personality?
4. Tara says that she is sent to what classes starting in first grade in Chapter 2?
5. What diagnosis does the family internist give for Tara's condition in Chapter 6?
Short Essay Questions
1. What causes unexpected trauma in Tara's life in Chapter 10?
2. What draws Tara to Donna as a person in Chapter 11?
3. How has Tara's erratic behavior evolved at the beginning of Chapter 4? What does Tara do about her condition?
4. How does Tara deal with her parents' absence while they are at work in Chapter 8?
5. Discuss the emotion in Chapter 9 between Tara and Keesha. How does Tara react to pushing her friend?
6. What does Tara relate about her family and her relationship with her father in Chapter 8?
7. What leads up to Tara's stealing in Chapter 12? What does she do after stealing?
8. How does Tara view language in Chapter 5? Why?
9. How does Tara describe the phrase that began her problems in Chapter 1?
10. What is tragic about the image that Tara projects about herself versus the reality in Chapter 3?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Define and identify internal and external conflict in narrative literature. What conflicts does Tara face internally? What conflicts does she face in the world? How are these related in this novel? In what ways does Tara struggle with her own mind, and how does this struggle manifest itself?
Essay Topic 2
Describe and analyze Tara's first experiences with stealing. What drives Tara back to confess in Chapter 12? How does this reflect Tara's morals? How does Father O'Malley react to Tara's confession? When before has Tara discussed the priest? What are her feelings about him?
Essay Topic 3
Discuss stereotypes in the novel and in real life. How realistic are the characters of Keesha, Kristin and Anna? Are these stereotypes realistic depictions of people you can relate to? Why or why not? Is there a basis in the stereotypes? Are they simply Tara's way of identifying people?
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