Short Essay Questions Key
1. What is Colin doing at the opening of the novel and what is he upset about?
When the novel opens, the main character, Colin Singleton is taking a bath. Colin has just been dumped by his nineteenth girlfriend.
2. What do all of Colin's former girlfriends have in common besides having dated Colin?
All of Colin's girlfriends have had the name Katherine, and this last one is number XIX.
3. Who is waiting for Colin when he gets out of the shower and what do they tell Colin?
When Colin comes out of his bathroom, his mom and dad are sitting on his bed. His dad says that Katherine the 19th called his dad's cell phone. Colin's dad says that Katherine, he and Colin's mom are all worried about him.
4. How does Colin respond to what his father tells him when Colin gets out of the shower?
After Colin's father talks to him, Colin runs to the bathroom to throw up and spends the next 14 hours alone in his room reading and rereading his yearbook over and over.
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