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

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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 Hassan propose to Colin's parents?

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

3. What does Hollis invite the boys to do?

4. In what grade is Colin when he meets his first Katherine?

5. What does Colin's father say he, his mother and Katherine all have in common?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Starnes say when Colin, Hassan and Linsey interview him?

3. What is the notebook that Colin sketches in while waiting for the tour guide to return?

4. What do Hassan and Colin discuss concerning prodigies and geniuses?

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

6. Where does Lindsey go after interviewing Starnes?

7. What does Hollis say Colin and Hassan will do for their job?

8. What do all of Colin's former girlfriends have in common besides having dated Colin?

9. What does Colin decide to do while waiting for dinner?

10. What does Hassan propose to Colin's parents and what do they reply?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. Who is/are the protagonists of the story and why? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

2. Who is/are the antagonists of the story and why? Use examples from the story and your own life to support your answer.

3. Which 3 secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot? Use examples from "An Abundance of Katherines" and your own life to support your answer.

4. Are any of the characters dispensable and which ones? Why or why not? Use examples from "An Abundance of Katherines" and your own life to support your answer.

5. Do you think this is a character-driven plot or an action-driven plot? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Sometimes a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and sometimes it is the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think "An Abundance of Katherines" is? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 3

Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast the characters of Colin and Hassan. How are they similar? How are they different? Is there a flaw in each of their personalities? Be specific and give examples.

2. Compare/contrast the characters of Lindsey and Hollis. How do they seem different? Which do you like more? Why? Which one seems more of a well-rounded character?

3. Thoroughly analyze how three of the secondary characters in "An Abundance of Katherines" help drive the plot and what their contribution is to the storyline. Are any of the secondary characters unnecessary? Indispensable? Which of the secondary characters are likable? Which are either unlikable or even despicable? Be specific and give examples.

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