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. Who do Colin and Hassan follow on the hunt?

2. What are the persons doing in the graveyard?

3. What does Colin tell Hassan and Lindsey that he has finished?

4. What does Lindsey say they could do instead of stopping at their next choice of eating places?

5. How much does Hassan loan Lindsey so she can keep playing?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do the three teens go to Memphis and what do they observe?

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

3. Who are the boys supposed to interview the day after the fight?

4. What conversation do Lindsey and Colin overhear when they arrive home?

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

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

7. Describe the incident that Hassan and Colin have with the feral pig.

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

9. What does Hassan admit to Colin about Katrina?

10. Describe the fight that starts by Hassan playing the confessions of Katrina and Colin that Hassan recorded.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The fact that Colin keeps dating girls with the name of Katherine suggests that he is attracting the same type of girl. Each girl ends the relationship and so the act of continuing to date Katherines symbolizes Colin's way of trying to get the relationship right this time around.

1. Discuss how the saying: Insanity is when you keep on doing what you have always done expecting different results relates the the above statements. Use examples from your own life and "An Abundance of Katherines" to support your answer.

2. Do you think Colin will ever "get it right" if he keeps attracting the same type of girl? Why or why not? Use examples from your own life and "An Abundance of Katherines" to support your answer.

3. Since it is almost a given that in the "real" world no one could have met 19 girls named Katherine to date, especially given Colin's age, the fact that in An Abundance of Katherines this is true it must mean something else. Discuss what theme the author is illustrating using the symbolism of 19 girls with the same name. Use examples from your own life and "An Abundance of Katherines" to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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