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

2. When does Colin get up on Saturday morning?

3. Why is Hollis burying the string?

4. What may Hollis be doing that is illegal?

5. What does Hassan tell Colin they are going to do over the weekend?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Where does Colin say he is going and where does he actually go?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of "An Abundance of Katherines", identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement.) Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in "An Abundance of Katherines". (The subplots may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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