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 breaks the silence after the waiter takes their order?

2. What day was it that Ellen and her brothers went for ice cream?

3. What are the final words George says to Ellen as he disappears up the stairway?

4. Where does Ellen go with her brothers for ice cream?

5. Which of the following is NOT among the possessions Ellen brings back from New York?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Ellen say about putting the futon into her mother's home?

2. What is the new arrangement Dr. Cohn says she's going to make for Kate and what is Ellen's reaction?

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

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

5. What is Ellen's reaction to Jonathan's news when he calls her?

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

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

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

10. 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?

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

Describe Ellen's relationship with her mother, her father and her siblings. Who among these is she closer to? Why?

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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