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 is Hassan's response to what Colin tells him?

2. For how long has Starnes lived in Gutshot?

3. Where do Colin and Hassan decide to go after gaining permission from their parents?

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

5. What do Colin and Lindsey discuss when she checks on Colin?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Hassan and Colin discuss concerning prodigies and geniuses?

2. What do Lindsey and Colin discuss before bedtime?

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

4. Why does Hassan seem to think that Colin's problem is spiritual?

5. What approach do Hassan and Colin use on Hassan's father to gain permission for the trip?

6. What does Hollis offer Hassan and Colin?

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

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

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

10. Why does Colin call his mother?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

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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