One True Thing Test | Final 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 say about her mother's loss of vision?

2. What kind of creature does Ellen find in the trash one night?

3. Why does Ellen say she can't be angry with George?

4. What color is the suit Ellen buys to wear to the funeral?

5. How often does Teresa say she goes back to the city?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where does Jeff get the money for Ellen's legal defense?

2. What does Teresa say when Ellen asks if she's curious as to why George is never home?

3. What is the memory Ellen has about a tree lighting event the first year her mother was one of the Minnies?

4. What changes on the day when Kate calls for Ellen to help her out of the tub?

5. What does Jeff say about Brian's problems at college and what is Ellen's response?

6. What information is presented about Ellen's paternal grandparents.

7. Why does Ellen ask Jules not to come to the funeral?

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

9. Kate begins to try to give Ellen advice about her wedding but Ellen stops her. What is Kate's reaction?

10. What is George's response when Kate says she loves Christmas? What does he mean?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Ellen's relief that her mother's suffering is over is seen by some as an admission of guilt, especially when she's able to sleep so soundly her first night in jail. Describe Ellen's reaction to her mother's death, to her arrest and to her trial. Which of the reactions is most believable? Which is least? Why doesn't Ellen tell that she believes her father gave her mother the morphine? Why doesn't her father come forward?

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