An Abundance of Katherines Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

John Green (author)
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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. Where do Colin and Hassan stop to sleep?

2. What was the name of the tour guides first and only boyfriend?

3. How is the person in the grave the boys visit portrayed?

4. In what State do Colin and Hassan stop for their first rest?

5. Where do Colin and Hassan go after talking to Colin's parents?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Colin doing at the opening of the novel and what is he upset about?

2. Who is waiting for Colin when he gets out of the shower and what do they tell Colin?

3. What happened when Colin's parents enroll him in a pre-school?

4. What approach do Hassan and Colin use on Hassan's father to gain permission for the trip?

5. What does Colin think about as he is lying on the ground waiting for the tour guide to return?

6. When did Colin meet Hassan and to what does Colin relate most of his thoughts?

7. What does Hassan do in order to be able to go back to the Hollis home earlier than they are supposed to?

8. What happens when Colin talks to Katherine and what does he do as a result of the conversation?

9. How does Colin keep himself awake while driving and why is that ironic?

10. What does Colin overhear Hassan and Lindsey talking about and what do the three young people do that evening?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in "An Abundance of Katherines". Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Green chooses the symbols he does? Consider the symbolism of Colin's theorem, Colin's last name and the fact of him continuing to fall for girls with the name of Katherine.

2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in the novel. Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Green chooses the metaphors he does? What might the metaphor of books stand for or Colin's theorem?

3. Discuss Green's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, cliffhangers, deux ex machina, etc.), and how they add or detract from the story. Does Green use too many or too little literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme.)

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss "An Abundance of Katherines" based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if this is a successful novel.

3. Do you think the criteria for a successful novel should be different if it is written for adults versus young adults? Why or why not? Would most adults consider "An Abundance of Katherines" a successful novel? What about young teens?

Essay Topic 3

Many novels, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of "An Abundance of Katherines" and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why "An Abundance of Katherines" is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

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