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 does Lindsey do instead of having breakfast with Colin and Hassan?

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

3. Why is Hollis burying the string?

4. According to Colin, whose name is anagrammed?

5. What do Hassan and Lindsey go out and do?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What has Colin figured out about the supposed Archduke's grave and what is Lindsey's response?

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

4. What will happen between Colin and Lindsey according to Colin's theorem?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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