Kissing Doorknobs Test | Final 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 is a state of low mood and aversion to activity that can affect a person's thoughts, behavior, feelings and physical well-being?

2. Why does Tara not eat at dinner with her family in Chapter 16?

3. Looking out at the audience, Tara recalls a story about her grandmother and mother freezing onstage at what in Chapter 13?

4. What is one factor of Sam's recovery, as explained in Chapter 18?

5. In Chapter 21, Tara says that she's studying what in school?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the obstacle of diagnosis growing to a climax in Chapter 16?

2. How does Tara describe her experience in the Christmas play in Chapter 13?

3. What is the purpose of the book's Afterword? Who is it written by and what does it contain?

4. What does Tara go with Donna to purchase in Chapter 20? Why?

5. How does Tara describe her family in Chapter 23?

6. What fortunes are read by Tara's family at the Chinese restaurant in Chapter 16?

7. What treatment does Dr. Leopardi suggest in Chapter 19? How difficult does she tell Tara it will be?

8. What is Tara's first meeting with Dr. Susan Leopardi like in Chapter 19?

9. How does Tara describe her analysis of her dream from the beginning of the novel in Chapter 23?

10. How has Tara's emotional life evolved in Chapter 13?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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 the element of language and style in literature and in the novel. How is language used in "Kissing Doorknobs"? How is it used thematically with Tara's character? How do the characters interact with one another? Does this differ from how Tara's internal mind thinks?

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