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

2. What does Kate say Ellen would do as a child while she cooked?

3. When does Kate say she and Ellen had a talk about sex?

4. What color is the apron Kate is wearing when Kate begins to make lunch?

5. What breaks the silence after the waiter takes their order?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

4. What is Kate's initial reaction when she discovers that Ellen is home to stay?

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

6. What is Ellen's father's solution to her mother's need for nursing care and what is Ellen's suggestion?

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

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

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

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

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

When Dr. Cohn suggests that a nurse be hired to help Kate with some of her difficult tasks, Ellen adamantly refuses. Why does she refuse when it's so obvious she needs help? Ellen herself had previously suggested to her father that a nurse be hired. Why is Ellen so against it when it's Dr. Cohn's idea? Is the nurse necessary? What is her impact on the family?

Essay Topic 3

Who is Teresa? What is her role in Ellen's life? Who i s Jules? What is her role in Ellen's life? Which of the two characters is more important to Ellen? Why?

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