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 costumes Brian and Jeff are wearing in the photo Kate has after Teresa leaves?

2. What is written on the apron Kate is wearing when Jonathan arrives?

3. What color is the sweater Ellen is wearing in the front page story about her arrest?

4. What is the store they enter where Ellen has trouble with the wheelchair?

5. Where does George ask Ellen to meet him for lunch?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. List at least three details Ellen recalls about the hospital where her mother was given chemotherapy.

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

4. Describe Ellen's brothers.

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

6. 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?

7. What is the difference between the bedtime songs sang by Ellen's mother and those of her father, and what is their effect on Ellen?

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

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

10. How did Jonathan and his father come to live in Langhorne?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Ellen and her mother are, in many ways, opposites. Compare the characters and Ellen and Kate. What are their most striking differences? Similarities? How and why do their characters change over the course of the story?

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