An Abundance of Katherines Test | Final 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 Lindsey's boyfriend say to Colin and Hassan?

2. What does Hassan say he has done for the next semester?

3. What does Hassan scream in the graveyard?

4. What is Lindsey doing when she goes into the bathroom and cries?

5. Who does Colin and Hassan find as they are walking through the graveyard?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Katrina with in the cemetery and what does he do when Hassan and Colin make their presence known?

2. What does Hassan tell Colin he shared with Lindsey?

3. What does Hassan admit to Colin about Katrina?

4. How does Hollis explain Roy's actions with the bulldozer?

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

6. What does Lindsey say she thinks she can fix for Colin?

7. Why does Hassan say he is not going to work that Thursday?

8. What stories does Colin tell Lindsey and what do they do before leaving the cave?

9. What do Colin and Hassan do first thing the morning after the fight and what does Lindsey say about the fight?

10. What do Lindsey and Colin drink in the cave?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast the characters of Colin and Hassan. How are they similar? How are they different? Is there a flaw in each of their personalities? Be specific and give examples.

2. Compare/contrast the characters of Lindsey and Hollis. How do they seem different? Which do you like more? Why? Which one seems more of a well-rounded character?

3. Thoroughly analyze how three of the secondary characters in "An Abundance of Katherines" help drive the plot and what their contribution is to the storyline. Are any of the secondary characters unnecessary? Indispensable? Which of the secondary characters are likable? Which are either unlikable or even despicable? Be specific and give examples.

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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