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 was George drinking on the night Ellen came downstairs for milk to find her parents at the dining room table?

2. What does Teresa say about the condition of the woman with breast cancer about the same time that the woman with pancreatic cancer dies?

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

4. What is Ellen's answer when the prosecutor asks if she killed Kate?

5. What is the view Kate has from her hospital bed?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is Jon's role in Ellen's arrest?

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

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

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

7. What is Ellen doing that causes the newspaper stories to say that Ellen was "fleeing?"

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

9. What does Mrs. Forburg say about why teaching is important to her and what does she say about understanding Ellen's challenges as a student?

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

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

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?

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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