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 does Ellen have for dessert?

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

3. How often does Kate go to the hospital for chemotherapy?

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

5. How much younger is Stevie than Kate?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the scene in which George is feeding Kate rice pudding. What does Ellen believe is happening?

2. Why doesn't Ellen tell George that she didn't give Kate the fatal dose of morphine?

3. What is Ellen's reaction when Jeff makes fun of her for baking cookies and why does she react this way?

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

5. What is Jon's role in Ellen's arrest?

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

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

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

9. What happened to ruin Kate's evening out with George?

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

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 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

What do you consider to be the main theme of this story? List at least three examples of this theme, and explain why it is important.

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