One True Thing Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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

2. What does Kate say interrupted the conversation about sex?

3. What does Jules think of Jonathan?

4. What kind of vehicle does Jeff have?

5. What does Ellen have for dessert?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Ellen expect she'll find with regard to her mother's physical condition and what does she actually find?

2. What happens to the relationship between Brian and Ellen after Kate's death and why?

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

4. What does Ellen do when she and Jeff go to the cemetery?

5. 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?

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

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

8. What does Ellen say to Mrs. Duane when she says that she's been meaning to visit Kate?

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

10. Describe Kate's role in the early days of her marriage to George.

Essay 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

What are the "Minnies?" What is Kate's role in this group? Why is the group important to Kate? What is the reaction of the group's members after Kate's diagnosis? Why do they react this way? Is this typical?

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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