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 do Colin and Lindsey do before driving back to Lindsey's house?

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

3. Why does Lindsey teach Colin what she teaches him?

4. What does Hassan do when Lindsey arrives with two other boys?

5. Who was considered the prettiest girl in Colin's class in his junior year?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What secret place does Lindsey take Colin?

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

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

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

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

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 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

Discuss the following:

1. Who is/are the protagonists of the story and why? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

2. Who is/are the antagonists of the story and why? Use examples from the story and your own life to support your answer.

3. Which 3 secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot? Use examples from "An Abundance of Katherines" and your own life to support your answer.

4. Are any of the characters dispensable and which ones? Why or why not? Use examples from "An Abundance of Katherines" and your own life to support your answer.

5. Do you think this is a character-driven plot or an action-driven plot? Explain.

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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