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 saying she is training to become?

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

3. Where do Colin and Hassan stop to sleep?

4. For how long has Starnes lived in Gutshot?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Colin remember about himself when he was 25 months old?

3. Where does Lindsey go after interviewing Starnes?

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

5. Why does Colin call his mother?

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

7. Where does the tour of the famous grave begin and who gives the tour?

8. What does Hassan propose to Colin's parents and what do they reply?

9. Who is waiting for Colin when he gets out of the shower and what do they tell Colin?

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

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

Many novels, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of "An Abundance of Katherines" and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why "An Abundance of Katherines" is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the following:

1. Who is/are the protagonists of the story and why? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

2. Who is/are the antagonists of the story and why? Use examples from the story and your own life to support your answer.

3. Which 3 secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot? Use examples from "An Abundance of Katherines" and your own life to support your answer.

4. Are any of the characters dispensable and which ones? Why or why not? Use examples from "An Abundance of Katherines" and your own life to support your answer.

5. Do you think this is a character-driven plot or an action-driven plot? Explain.

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