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 Colin remember about his third grade tutor?

2. What theorem is Colin developing?

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

4. Where do Colin and Hassan stop to sleep?

5. How long does Colin spend alone in his room?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Colin call his mother?

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

3. What happens to Colin as they are following their tour guide behind the store and who helps him?

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

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

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

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

8. Whose grave is advertised when Colin and Hassan decide to exit off the interstate?

9. Who is in the convenience store when Colin and Hassan return from the grave and what does the person say to Colin?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

As Colin listens to what Hassan is telling Lindsey, Colin realizes for the first time in his life that his life is a repeating circle. His road trip and working on the theorem are the first two things he is doing in his life that will break the circle. For the first time, Colin also realizes what the missing piece is that he feels inside; it's that he simply wants to matter. Colin also realizes that Lindsey is a symbol of irony because she seems like a tough person on the outside, but on the inside she is really a wimp.

1. Discuss the ways in which Colin's life is a repeating circle. Use examples from your own life and "An Abundance of Katherines" to support your answer.

2. Do you think everyone wants to matter to someone or to the world? Why or why not? Use examples from your own life and the text to support your answer.

3. What are some of the ways people use to matter to the world? Use examples from your own life and "An Abundance of Katherines" to support your answer.

4. Discuss reasons someone like Lindsey might show a different face on the outside to what she is on the inside. Use examples from your own life and "An Abundance of Katherines" to support your answer.

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

1. What is foreshadowing? How many incidences of foreshadowing are in "An Abundance of Katherines"? How does foreshadowing contribute to a book's suspense?

2. Discuss an example of foreshadowing in "An Abundance of Katherines" including why you believe it is foreshadowing. Include examples from the book and your own life to illustrate your answer.

3. How do you think most people react to uncertainty in their lives? Use examples from "An Abundance of Katherines" and your own live to support your opinion.

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