An Abundance of Katherines Discussion Questions

Instructor: Christopher Muscato

Chris has a master's degree in history and teaches at the University of Northern Colorado.

''An Abundance of Katherines'' is a young adult novel by John Green, author of ''The Fault in Our Stars.'' These discussion questions can help your students work through the plot, themes, and characters in ''An Abundance of Katherines.''

An Abundance of Katherines

An Abundance of Katherines is a 2006 novel by American author John Green. The story follows a prodigy named Colin on a journey of growth and self discovery, and it has become famous for its quirky storytelling and unique focus on trying to develop a formula to explain life's mysteries. The book is recommended for high school students due to some mature themes. The following questions can help guide your students through a discussion of this novel and are designed to be adaptable to the needs and interests of your classroom.

Questions About Characters

  • Who is the main character of An Abundance of Katherines? How are we introduced to Colin? How would you describe Colin's personality? How does the author show us this? What is Colin trying to achieve in this novel? What are the fears that drive him? Are his struggles relatable? Why?
  • Who is Hassan Harbish? How is Hassan introduced to the reader? How is he characterized? How is he similar to Colin? How is he different? Why do these similarities and differences matter?
  • Who is Lindsey Lee Wells? How would you describe her personality? How is she a foil to Colin? How is she a complement to Colin? What is her character arc throughout this story?
  • Who is the antagonist in the novel? Can personality traits or quirks also be antagonists? Can the past or future be an antagonist? How does Colin deal with all of these? How do other characters deal with these ideas?

Questions About Plot And Settings

  • If you had to summarize the plot of An Abundance of Katherines in one sentence, how would you do it?
  • What are the major plot points of the novel? Where does the tension come from? How is it developed? How is it resolved?
  • Why does Colin go on the road trip? How has his life been defined up until this point? Why does a road trip represent a chance for Colin to change?
  • What are the major settings in this novel? How does each of these settings change Colin? How do these settings reflect or change the other major characters?

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