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. Where does Kate say she met George?

2. What class had Ellen been in with her jailer?

3. What kind of flowers does Kate say were planted and died near the Christmas trees?

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

5. What was Ellen's class rank among her high school class?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Jules' advice about Ellen's decision to stay with her mother?

2. What are Ellen's thoughts when she goes into her mother's room and sees that she's so emaciated.

3. What is Jonathan's relationship with his mother?

4. What does Mrs. Forburg say about why teaching is important to her and what does she say about understanding Ellen's challenges as a student?

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

6. What does Ellen say she believes her role was in her parents' marriage?

7. What does Ellen say tips her off to the fact that Jules has been talking to her mother and what does that say about the relationship between Jules and her mother?

8. What is Kate's reaction when she first sees the wheelchair?

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

10. Why does Kate say she prefers to do things from scratch rather than buying them, such as buying canned chicken broth? What is Ellen's response?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Ellen and her father clash over his insistence that she remain at home with her mother. Describe the arguments of each. Are their arguments valid? Why or why not? What were the possible alternatives? George says Ellen being at home is the only acceptable option. Was he correct? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Ellen's relief that her mother's suffering is over is seen by some as an admission of guilt, especially when she's able to sleep so soundly her first night in jail. Describe Ellen's reaction to her mother's death, to her arrest and to her trial. Which of the reactions is most believable? Which is least? Why doesn't Ellen tell that she believes her father gave her mother the morphine? Why doesn't her father come forward?

Essay Topic 3

Kate doesn't want to have to have Ellen's help with personal hygiene such as bathing and dressing. Explain Kate's attitude. When the time comes that Kate has to call on Ellen to help her out of the bath, Ellen does so without complaint. Why is Kate reluctant to call on her routinely after that? What does Ellen say about how their relationship would change at that point? Is she correct?

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