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. To what bird does Hassan compare Colin?

2. Who is Hollis talking to when Colin and Lindsey arrive back at Lindsey's house?

3. What does Lindsey teach Colin how to do?

4. Who is Roy?

5. When does Colin get up on Saturday morning?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Hassan say some of the teens plan to do during the upcoming weekend.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What does Hassan admit to Colin about Katrina?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?

2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as "An Abundance of Katherines" help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading "An Abundance of Katherines"? Why or why not.

3. Choose one specific incident in "An Abundance of Katherines" to discuss and compare one of the characters' response to how you think you would respond.

Essay Topic 3

Hassan is a symbol of what is normal conversation for the average person, so that Colin knows what is appropriate to talk about and what makes people look at him as if there is something wrong with him. Colin relates his inability to see what the future holds with his nearsightedness. While Colin is only 17, he believes that he is past the prime in his life because most prodigies peak at 12 or 13. This thought process reinforces that Colin does not see what is in front of him, the life out there he has left to experience, because he is so focused on his lack of living up to being a prodigy.

1. Do you think it is possible to learn how to talk to people from observing a friend? Why or why not? Use examples from your own life and "An Abundance of Katherines" to support your answer.

2. Discuss the symbolism of Colin's nearsightedness and him not being able to see not only the future but what is normal behavior in a group of his peers. Use examples from your own life and "An Abundance of Katherines" to support your answer.

3. How might not being able to live up to an example, whether it is being a prodigy, or to any older brother or sister or parents' expectations can affect a person emotionally. Use examples from your own life and "An Abundance of Katherines" to support your answer.

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