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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 Colin's father say about Colin's last girlfriend?
2. Why does Colin call his mother?
3. What does Hassan do after waking?
4. When does the tour guide say she will return?
5. When does Colin first meet Hassan?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Colin think about as he is lying on the ground waiting for the tour guide to return?
2. What approach do Hassan and Colin use on Hassan's father to gain permission for the trip?
3. What does Hassan do in order to be able to go back to the Hollis home earlier than they are supposed to?
4. What does Hollis say Colin and Hassan will do for their job?
5. What does Colin remember about himself when he was 25 months old?
6. Where does the tour of the famous grave begin and who gives the tour?
7. Why does Colin call his mother?
8. What is Colin doing at the opening of the novel and what is he upset about?
9. What happens when Colin talks to Katherine and what does he do as a result of the conversation?
10. What does Starnes say when Colin, Hassan and Linsey interview him?
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
Discuss one of the following:
1. Trace and analyze the theme of growth in "An Abundance of Katherines". Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with growth? Why? What are some symbols of growth? Symbols of rigidity? What characters seem rigid?
2. Trace and analyze the theme of self awareness in "An Abundance of Katherines". Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters seem to possess self awareness? Why?
3. Trace and analyze the theme of letting go of the past in "An Abundance of Katherines". How does Colin finally realize he needs to look to the future? How does his struggle bring him to that point? What events propel him into the future? What other characters struggle with letting go of the past?
Essay Topic 3
Over the course of "An Abundance of Katherines", Colin grows as a person in both complexity and understanding. "An Abundance of Katherines" might be considered a slice of Colin's larger story of his "coming of age." It might be said that this story is a "bildungsroman" of Colin Singleton. Discuss the following:
1. Define Bildungsroman, or "Coming of Age," and give several examples from literature you have read.
2. Trace and analyze the character of Colin as he changes from having little knowledge of himself or the world to a wiser, young man. What are the significant events that change Colin?
3. After thoroughly analyzing Colin's growth throughout An Abundance of Katherines, do you think "An Abundance of Katherines" could be considered Colin's Coming of Age story? Why or why not?
4. Are there any other characters in "An Abundance of Katherines" who go through a Coming of Age experience? Who? Why do you think so?
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