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 old is Teresa?

2. What does Ellen compare to the hospital?

3. What are the two foods on George's plate as he talks to Ellen?

4. Where did Ellen's parents go after their marriage ceremony?

5. What do Ellen and Kate eat in the park?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are some of the noises Ellen hears while she's in jail?

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

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

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

6. What does George say when Ellen accuses him of doing nothing to help with Kate?

7. In the prologue, what does Ellen say is the truth about her mother's death?

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

9. What is the final thing George says to Ellen before she leaves the restaurant where they'd met for lunch and what is her response?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

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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