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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 does Tara make a point to do while walking home from school with friends in Chapter 21?
2. In Chapter 14, Donna and Tara spend Christmas day doing what?
3. What does Tara's new psychiatrist say when Tara tells her she hates her in Chapter 20?
4. What is a state of low mood and aversion to activity that can affect a person's thoughts, behavior, feelings and physical well-being?
5. According to the Afterword, Sam's explanation of the chemical causes of OCD in the novel is accurate: it is an imbalance in what?
Short Essay Questions
1. What do Tara and Donna spend Christmas doing in Chapter 14? What does Tara ask Donna?
2. How does Tara describe her relationship with Sam in Chapter 23? How has Tara grown by the novel's end?
3. How does Tara describe her family in Chapter 23?
4. What does Sam bring Tara in Chapter 22? Why?
5. What does Mr. Jacobson make of Tara in Chapter 17? What questions does he ask her?
6. What is Tara's first meeting with Dr. Susan Leopardi like in Chapter 19?
7. What is the purpose of the book's Afterword? Who is it written by and what does it contain?
8. What fortunes are read by Tara's family at the Chinese restaurant in Chapter 16?
9. What does Tara go with Donna to purchase in Chapter 20? Why?
10. How has Tara evolved as a character from the beginning of the novel to Chapter 22?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Describe and analyze Tara's experience at the carnival in Chapter 10. In what ways is this a pinnacle of demoralization for Tara? How does Tara's mother feel about her behavior? How does Tara's father react to the situation? What major lesson does Tara learn?
Essay Topic 2
Compare and contrast the family of Donna to Tara's family. How are Donna's parents similar to Tara's? How do they differ? How does Donna feel about her mother versus her father? Do these feelings correspond to Tara's? Why or why not?
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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