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 may Hollis be doing that is illegal?

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

3. What does Lindsey tell her mother she is going to do with Colin?

4. What do Colin and Hassan check out upon first waking in Chapter 17?

5. When does Colin get up on Saturday morning?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Hassan admit to Colin about Katrina?

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

4. How does Colin prepare for the pig hunt and where do they meet the other hunters?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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?

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