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. To whom does Tara pray to when she is frightened at home alone in Chapter 8?

2. What nun does Tara have negative thoughts about in Chapter 5?

3. Tara's parents send her to a psychiatrist who is very what, in Chapter 8?

4. Who believes that Tara's condition is just a passing stage in Chapter 6?

5. What refers to an object, action, or idea that represents something other than itself?

Short Essay Questions

1. What leads up to Tara's stealing in Chapter 12? What does she do after stealing?

2. How does Tara defend her friendship with Donna to Keesha in Chapter 12?

3. How has Greta's relationship with Tara shifted between Chapter 7 and Chapter 8?

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

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

6. What is Tara's response when confronted about her behavior by a friend in Chapter 4? How do her friends react?

7. How is the character of Greta depicted in Chapter 7?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

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

Define and identify dramatic irony and the tragic hero in narrative literature. How many different types of irony are there, and why does dramatic irony fit the situation in Chapter 3? Why is Tara's character tragic? What is ironic about her situation with her friends and family?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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