One True Thing Test | Mid-Book 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. What are the limits Dr. Cohn puts on Kate's activities?

2. What do Ellen and Kate eat in the park?

3. What does Ellen first think she's hearing when she's wakened by her mother's cries?

4. What does Kate need that George had not been able to find during the night?

5. What does Mrs. Fenner say about Kate's physical appearance?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Ellen say about the way people greeted Ellen and Kate?

2. What are the reactions of Brian and Jeff to their mother's appearance when they come home for Thanksgiving?

3. What is Ellen's response when Dr. Cohn suggests that it's time to consider hospice or a hospital?

4. Briefly describe the conversation that occurs when one of the women asks if George is taking time off.

5. How does Ellen discover that her father is having an affair?

6. What is the final thing George says to Ellen before she leaves the restaurant where they'd met for lunch and what is her response?

7. In the prologue, what does Ellen say is the truth about her mother's death?

8. What does Teresa say about Kate's bathing?

9. What is the "secret ingredient" Ellen adds to the chicken stock and what does her mother say about it?

10. Briefly describe the conversation that occurs as Kate and her guests try to decide on a color scheme for decorating the Christmas trees?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the most important scene in the book? Why? Why is that scene effective? Which is more important to that scene: the action or the setting? Why?

Essay Topic 2

The months spent caring for Kate changes Ellen's life dramatically. Describe the impact of those months on Ellen. Are any of the effects positive? Are any negative?

Essay Topic 3

Ellen tries to question Dr. Cohn alone one day but the doctor refuses to talk about Kate's cancer without Kate present. Is the doctor correct? Ellen says that she wants to know more about the progression of the disease but can't ask without her mother present. Should she have asked? Why or why not?

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