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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. Where do Ned and his father eat supper on the Sunday before Ned's birthday?

2. What does Mrs. Scallop sometimes lapse into?

3. Where does Ned travel that night?

4. What does Ned imagine as he is walking back to the house at night?

5. What does Doris send Mr. Scully about once a month?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Where does Uncle Hilary want to take Ned over Christmas vacation and how does Ned initially feel about the idea?

3. Why does Ned feel concerned about his mama and when did this start?

4. Who is the current housekeeper in the Wallis family and how does Ned feel about having a housekeeper?

5. What animal do Ned and Mr. Scully watch from the window and what does Ned do for the animal?

6. What does Ned's father instruct Ned about being a guest for supper at the Brewsters, and why does his father say that?

7. What is the first lie Ned has ever told his mama?

8. To whom does Ned deliver mail and a newspaper every day and why does Ned do so?

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

10. What had Ned's father told him about the Daisy air rifle and how does Ned comply?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Define irony in literary terms. Discuss the irony of the situation that the person Ned first confesses to about the air rifle is someone who cannot talk. What other irony can you find in "One-Eyed Cat"? Do you think irony enhances the book? Why or why not.

2. Define symbolism in literary terms. Discuss the use and meaning of five symbols you choose to analyze from this book. What do they symbolize? Is the symbolism obvious? Effective? Does the symbolism contribute to the enjoyment of reading?

3. Discuss five literary devices that occur in "One-Eyed Cat" and how they are used. Are they effective? Do they add or detract from the reading of the book? Why or why not. Some possible devices: Allusion, connotation, denouement, dialogue, flashback, figurative language, motif, metaphor, narrator, point of view, simile, mood, and puns.

Essay Topic 2

"One-Eyed Cat" belongs to the young teen genre. Discuss the following:

1. Define the literary term "genre" and give several examples of three other genres in addition to fantasy.

2. Discuss two reasons why it might be useful to label a text by genre.

3. Discuss two reasons why it might be disadvantageous to label a text by genre.

4. Discuss what your favorite genre is; give several examples and explain what you enjoy about books in that genre.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in "One-Eyed Cat".

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of the story. How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of the book. How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

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