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 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 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

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

Characters are an important part of what makes "An Abundance of Katherines" interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Colin. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

2. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Lindsey. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

3. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Hassan. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

4. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Hollis. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

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