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1. What is the date and location of the setting for "One-Eyed Cat", and what is the significance of the time period?

The novel begins in 1935, in the Hudson River Valley in New York. The era is significant because the world fell into a major economic depression when the stock market crashed in October of 1929, and the effects of that crash are ongoing in 1935.

2. Describe Ned Wallis.

Ned Wallis is eleven years old, born in September of 1924. Ned is the only child of James and Martha Wallis. Ned loves to read and he is naturally curious. He enjoys reading National Geographic magazine because it shows him what the world outside Tyler, New York is like. Ned does chores after school for Mr. Scully, an elderly neighbor, and he considers Mr. Scully a friend.

3. Where was Ned's favorite place to walk when he was very young?

When Ned first learned to walk, his favorite place to practice his new skill was the church cemetery.

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