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. What is Colin Singleton doing at the opening of the novel?

2. What does Colin read over and over while alone in his room?

3. What does Hassan do in order to go back to Hollis' house early?

4. How many employees do Hassan and Colin interview at the plant that day?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What do Lindsey and Colin discuss before bedtime?

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

7. What does Hollis offer Hassan and Colin?

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

9. Why does Colin call his mother?

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

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.

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

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.

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