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. Why does Colin read up on wild hogs?

2. How many days have Colin and Hassan been in Gutshot when they wake in Chapter 17?

3. What does Hassan say about Katrina?

4. What does Lindsey teach Colin how to do?

5. Where do Hassan and Colin decide to go eat breakfast?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Colin continue to work on and how is it going?

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

6. How do Colin and Hassan get separated from the others?

7. Where do Colin and Lindsey go on their "date"?

8. What does Hollis tell Colin and Hassan about Lindsey when they get home from Memphis?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Over the course of "An Abundance of Katherines", Colin grows as a person in both complexity and understanding. "An Abundance of Katherines" might be considered a slice of Colin's larger story of his "coming of age." It might be said that this story is a "bildungsroman" of Colin Singleton. Discuss the following:

1. Define Bildungsroman, or "Coming of Age," and give several examples from literature you have read.

2. Trace and analyze the character of Colin as he changes from having little knowledge of himself or the world to a wiser, young man. What are the significant events that change Colin?

3. After thoroughly analyzing Colin's growth throughout An Abundance of Katherines, do you think "An Abundance of Katherines" could be considered Colin's Coming of Age story? Why or why not?

4. Are there any other characters in "An Abundance of Katherines" who go through a Coming of Age experience? Who? Why do you think so?

Essay Topic 2

"An Abundance of Katherines" belongs to the young adult novel genre. Discuss the following:

1. Define the literary term "genre" and give several examples of three other genres in addition to the young adult novel genre.

2. Discuss two reasons why it might be useful to label a text by genre and two reasons it might be disadvantageous to label a text by genre.

3. What do you think is the difference between a young adult novel and a historical novel or mystery?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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