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 do when Hassan pulls off the road after they leave the factory?
2. From where did Starnes retire?
3. What are Hassan and Lindsey doing when Colin joins them?
4. What does Colin do as Hassan and Lindsey are playing?
5. What does the narrator say about the fable, "The Tortoise and the Hare"?
Short Essay Questions
1. What happens to Colin as they are following their tour guide behind the store and who helps him?
2. What do Lindsey and Colin discuss before bedtime?
3. What does Hassan say some of the teens plan to do during the upcoming weekend.
4. What was Colin's first date with Katherine IXI?
5. Where does the tour of the famous grave begin and who gives the tour?
6. What will happen between Colin and Lindsey according to Colin's theorem?
7. Why does Hassan say he is not going to work that Thursday?
8. What do Colin and Hassan do first thing the morning after the fight and what does Lindsey say about the fight?
9. What conversation do Lindsey and Colin overhear when they arrive home?
10. Who is Katrina with in the cemetery and what does he do when Hassan and Colin make their presence known?
Essay Topic 1
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 2
Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:
1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?
2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as "An Abundance of Katherines" help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading "An Abundance of Katherines"? Why or why not.
3. Choose one specific incident in "An Abundance of Katherines" to discuss and compare one of the characters' response to how you think you would respond.
Essay Topic 3
Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:
1. Fully explain why you think "An Abundance of Katherines" is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?
2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.
3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.
4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?
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