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. Why does Jules quit her job?

2. What is on the shirt Kate wears to the Christmas tree lighting ceremony?

3. Where is the lunch held after Kate's funeral?

4. What is the group that offers to pay for Ellen's legal expenses?

5. What is the game Grandmother Gulden teaches Ellen when she's a child?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What happened to ruin Kate's evening out with George?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When Ellen and George have lunch together as her mother is becoming increasingly more dependent on pain medication, George says that it's time for them to begin planning Kate's funeral. Ellen says that her father asks too much of her and always has. What does Ellen mean? What is George's reaction? What does this say about their relationship?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

What is the most important scene in the book? Why? Why is that scene effective? Which is more important to that scene: the action or the setting? Why?

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