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 does the tour guide see written in Colin's notebook?

2. What does Colin do as Hassan and Lindsey are playing?

3. What does Colin do for the first time since he and Katherine XIX broke up?

4. What does Hassan do at the opening to Chapter 2?

5. What does Hassan use to convince his parents of the reasonableness of his idea for Colin and him?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Lindsey and Colin discuss before bedtime?

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

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

4. What does Colin decide to do while waiting for dinner?

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

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

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

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

9. Why does Colin call his mother?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of "An Abundance of Katherines", identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement.) Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in "An Abundance of Katherines". (The subplots may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?

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

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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