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 give her mother for Christmas?

2. How much does Jeff give him initially to defend Ellen?

3. What does Ellen say her mother had nightmares about?

4. Who tells Ellen that the cause of Kate's death is an overdose of morphine?

5. What does the little girl named Hettie say to Kate?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who is Chris and what happens between Chris and Ellen?

3. Why does Ellen say that no one acknowledges the ribbons on her mother's wheelchair wheels?

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

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

6. What is the conversation Ellen and Kate have when Hally gives Kate the photo of her newborn baby?

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

8. What does Ellen say when Jeff asks if hallucinations are a side-effect of Kate's medication?

9. What does Ellen think about when Jeff asks if she has a message for Jon? What is her message?

10. Describe some of the reactions to Ellen's arrest.

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 is scornful of her father's lack of compassion for Kate, but he says that she should remember that he is taking "the night shift." What does he mean? Should George have done more for Kate? Is Ellen underestimating the role he's playing? Support your answers with examples from the story.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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