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. What school friend of Tara's is described as a jock?

2. What is the name of the priest Tara goes to for confession in the novel?

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

4. Who has a heart attack in Chapter 10?

5. What refers to distress or uneasiness of mind caused by fear of danger or misfortune?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What exchange does Tara describe with Mrs. Scott in Chapter 1? What causes Tara's humiliation?

4. How has Tara's erratic behavior evolved at the beginning of Chapter 4? What does Tara do about her condition?

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

6. What takes place at the carnival in Chapter 10?

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

8. What awakens Tara in Chapter 2? Who does she turn to for reassurance?

9. How is Donna described in Chapter 11?

10. How does Tara come to feel about Keesha in Chapter 5? Why? What does this evolve into?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe and analyze Tara Sullivan as the protagonist of "Kissing Doorknobs". How old is Tara in Chapter 1? What can be discerned about her personality? How does Tara evolve and grow as a character throughout the narrative? How old is Tara at the end of the book?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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