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. Where do the three young people decide to go to eat instead of the place they first chose?

2. Where do the three young people notice a man running a bulldozer?

3. What do Colin and Lindsey drink when Lindsey shows him the secret?

4. Why doesn't Colin end up going out on a date with Marie in his junior year?

5. What is the topic of conversation that Colin and Lindsey over hear Hollis having?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What secret place does Lindsey take Colin?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of growth in "An Abundance of Katherines". Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with growth? Why? What are some symbols of growth? Symbols of rigidity? What characters seem rigid?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of self awareness in "An Abundance of Katherines". Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters seem to possess self awareness? Why?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of letting go of the past in "An Abundance of Katherines". How does Colin finally realize he needs to look to the future? How does his struggle bring him to that point? What events propel him into the future? What other characters struggle with letting go of the past?

Essay Topic 2

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think "An Abundance of Katherines" is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

Essay Topic 3

Often, authors will write about "what they know," and sometimes knowing a little about the author makes the books more interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Research and give a brief biographical sketch of John Green.

2. What in Green's background may have helped him in writing "An Abundance of Katherines"? What may have influenced the way he depicts various characters and scenes?

3. Do you think there is always some of the author's own life in his/her novels? Why or why not? Give examples.

4. What does the term "author agenda" mean?

5. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the Green's agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Green's probable agenda concerning that idea.

6. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface? Why or why not?

7. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author? Explain your answer with examples.

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