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. Who is Katherine?

2. What does Colin's father say about Colin's last girlfriend?

3. What does the tour guide saying she is training to become?

4. What do Hassan and Lindsey decide to play?

5. Why do the boys stop at a convenience store?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was Colin's first date with Katherine IXI?

2. Where does Lindsey go after interviewing Starnes?

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

4. What do Lindsey and Colin discuss before bedtime?

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

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

7. What are Colin and Hassan supposed to do that day and what do they accomplish?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in "An Abundance of Katherines".

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of "An Abundance of Katherines". How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of "An Abundance of Katherines". How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

Essay Topic 2

Often, authors will write about "what they know," and sometimes knowing a little about the author makes the books more interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Research and give a brief biographical sketch of John Green.

2. What in Green's background may have helped him in writing "An Abundance of Katherines"? What may have influenced the way he depicts various characters and scenes?

3. Do you think there is always some of the author's own life in his/her novels? Why or why not? Give examples.

4. What does the term "author agenda" mean?

5. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the Green's agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Green's probable agenda concerning that idea.

6. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface? Why or why not?

7. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author? Explain your answer with examples.

Essay Topic 3

Ironically, Colin is a genius, but he is lacking in common sense. For example, he can read the story about the tortoise and the hare, but he does not see the underlying meaning of the story. In another twist of irony, Colin is a genius but he is not socially advanced, so when he starts school, the other kids do not like him, bully him and think he is strange.

1. Discuss reasons it might be ironic that Colin is so smart academically but has no common sense. Use examples from your own life and "An Abundance of Katherines" to support your answer.

2. Discuss ways and events in "An Abundance of Katherines" that demonstrate Colin has few social skills. Use examples from your own life and this story to support your answer.

3. Do you think must geniuses are socially inept? Why or why not? Use examples from your own life and "An Abundance of Katherines" to support your answer.

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