Kissing Doorknobs Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Terry Spencer Hesser
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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. Who offers to beat up Tara's parents for her in Chapter 6?

2. What refers to content underneath the spoken dialogue?

3. Who says that she doesn't need to starve herself to feel special in Chapter 7?

4. When Tara and her friends share their fears in Chapter 3, Keesha says that she is afraid of whom?

5. What does the psychiatrist diagnose Tara with in Chapter 8?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Tara relate about her family and her relationship with her father in Chapter 8?

2. What does Tara reveal to Donna about herself in Chapter 12? What is Donna's reaction?

3. How does Tara describe the phrase that began her problems in Chapter 1?

4. What is Tara's response to being kicked off the volleyball team in Chapter 3?

5. How does Tara feel after the incident at the carnival in Chapter 10? What new fear has arisen?

6. How do Tara and their friends describe their personal fears in Chapter 3?

7. What is tragic about the image that Tara projects about herself versus the reality in Chapter 3?

8. How are the relationships between Tara and her friends described in Chapter 7?

9. How does Tara describe her best friends in Chapter 3? What grade is Tara in at this point?

10. What causes unexpected trauma in Tara's life in Chapter 10?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the theme of fear and Tara's fears in the narrative. What has led to Tara's fear of losing her parents? How is Tara's condition affected when her father is hospitalized? How does the isolation from her friends affect Tara? What does Tara claim her greatest fear is in the novel?

Essay Topic 2

Analyze and discuss the climax of the narrative and the character of Mr. Jacobson in the novel. How does Tara's father know Mr. Jacobson? What questions does Mr. Jacobson ask Tara?

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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