An Abundance of Katherines Test | Final 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 has Hassan been doing with Lindsey when he returns to Lindsey's house?

2. Who do Colin and Hassan follow on the hunt?

3. What does Colin do for an hour in the car at their next interview site?

4. Where does Colin really go?

5. Why does Colin go down to the game room in Lindsey's house?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Hassan say some of the teens plan to do during the upcoming weekend.

2. What sounds does Colin wake to a week after Hassan has a beer with Lindsey?

3. What do Hassan and Colin do on their fifth day in Gutshot?

4. Where does Colin say he is going and where does he actually go?

5. What does Hassan admit to Colin about Katrina?

6. What is Hollis' long-plan for keeping the factory going and the town in operation?

7. What has Colin figured out about the supposed Archduke's grave and what is Lindsey's response?

8. What do Colin and Hassan witness in the cemetery?

9. What note does Lindsey leave on Colin's bed and what is her statement about it?

10. What happens in the interview with Ms. Mabel?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

As Colin listens to what Hassan is telling Lindsey, Colin realizes for the first time in his life that his life is a repeating circle. His road trip and working on the theorem are the first two things he is doing in his life that will break the circle. For the first time, Colin also realizes what the missing piece is that he feels inside; it's that he simply wants to matter. Colin also realizes that Lindsey is a symbol of irony because she seems like a tough person on the outside, but on the inside she is really a wimp.

1. Discuss the ways in which Colin's life is a repeating circle. Use examples from your own life and "An Abundance of Katherines" to support your answer.

2. Do you think everyone wants to matter to someone or to the world? Why or why not? Use examples from your own life and the text to support your answer.

3. What are some of the ways people use to matter to the world? Use examples from your own life and "An Abundance of Katherines" to support your answer.

4. Discuss reasons someone like Lindsey might show a different face on the outside to what she is on the inside. Use examples from your own life and "An Abundance of Katherines" to support your answer.

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

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.

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