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. In Chapter 7, Tara says that the summer between fifth and sixth grades was almost normal, although she would not do what?

2. Who gets angry at Tara and even threatens to kill her in Chapter 6?

3. The American Legion was founded by veterans returning from what war?

4. What word means to repeat, duplicate, or reproduce, especially for experimental purposes?

5. How many times does Tara repeat her prayers before leaving the house when she's afraid in Chapter 8?

Short Essay Questions

1. What leads Tara to study religion in Chapter 6? How is this perceived by her family?

2. Discuss the emotion in Chapter 9 between Tara and Keesha. How does Tara react to pushing her friend?

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 describe her best friends in Chapter 3? What grade is Tara in at this point?

5. How does Tara view language in Chapter 5? Why?

6. How does Tara describe the summer between fifth and sixth grades in Chapter 7?

7. What draws Tara to Donna as a person in Chapter 11?

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

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

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 and analyze the character of Greta in the narrative. How old is Greta in relation to Tara? What is Greta's relationship with Tara like? How does Greta get along with her family? How does Greta prove her loyalty to Tara as a sister in the novel?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the role that religious obsession plays in obsessive-compulsive disorder. What other symptoms are significant which are displayed by Tara in the narrative? Would you have diagnosed Tara as OCD based upon her behavior? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss intrusive thoughts as symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder. How are intrusive thoughts defined? How are these symptomatic of OCD? How do intrusive thoughts differ from things like a passing crush or worry about a test? What are examples of intrusive thoughts in Tara's character?

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