One-Eyed Cat Test | Mid-Book 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. Who brings cookies and apples to Ned's class?

2. For whom are the turkey scraps that Ned saves?

3. What has Ned's father installed on the house for protection?

4. What does Mrs. Scallop say would happen if Ned does not blow out all his birthday candles?

5. Who is Hilary?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Ned remember about life before his Mama becomes ill?

2. Why does the Wallis family gather downstairs during the night?

3. How does Ned feel about having a meal with a family in his father's congregation?

4. How is Ned's birthday celebrated in his classroom?

5. What is Mr. Scully's relationship like with his daughter Doris?

6. How does Mrs. Scallop upset Ned about his birth and what does his mother say about it?

7. Describe a couple souvenirs Ned has received from his uncle Hilary?

8. What does Ned do in the night after his parents and Uncle Hilary have gone to bed?

9. Describe Ned Wallis.

10. What does Ned think Mr. Scully needs, and how does Ned feel about that?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Characters are an important part of what makes "One-Eyed Cat" interesting. Discuss the following "good" characters:

1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Ned Willis. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

2. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Mr. Scully. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

3. Thoroughly discuss and analyze two secondary characters of your choice. What are his/her strengths? Weaknesses? How does s/he contribute to the plot? Is s/he a sympathetic character? Is s/he always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

Essay Topic 2

Ned has an acute appreciation for the natural world. This is evidenced by the way the character views his surroundings. Throughout the novel, Ned and the other characters in the story take notice of the weather and the plants and flowers of each season. Discuss the following:

1. How is the nature world presented in "One-Eyed Cat"? Is is hostile? Inviting? Necessary to survival? Appreciated?

2. Discuss three characters and how the natural world impacts their lives. What is each character's attitude towards the natural world? Why do you think each character responds to the natural world the way s/he does?

3. Do you think the natural world would have as much of an impact on a boy going through a similar crisis today as then? Explain fully with examples from the text.

Essay Topic 3

Most protagonists are a mixture of admirable traits and character flaws, and Ned and other characters are no exceptions. Discuss the following:

1. Trace and analyze situations when Ned demonstrates his admirable qualities. Give specific examples to illustrate your analysis. Compare those to situations where he demonstrates his less-than-admirable traits.

2. Trace and analyze situations when two other minor protagonists demonstrate his/her admirable qualities. Give specific examples to illustrate your analysis. Compare those to situations where s/he demonstrates her less-than-admirable traits.

3. Often the antagonist is a mixture of positive and negative traits (if they are human) or positive and negative aspects if the protagonist is a thing, event, animal, etc... Trace and analyze situations when an antagonist demonstrates positive aspects. Give specific examples to illustrate your analysis. Compare those to situations where the antagonist demonstrates less-than-admirable aspects.

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