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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 does Evelyn Kimball say she saw when Ned and his friends are talking?

2. What kind of potatoes does Mrs. Brewster serve?

3. Where does Hilary want to take Ned?

4. Why does Ned feel safe?

5. What is one chore Ned does for Mr. Scully?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe a typical routine for Ned and Mr. Scully when Ned is over there.

2. What does Ned's mama give Ned for his birthday and what embarrasses Ned after a question she asks him?

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

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

5. Describe a couple things about Mr. Scully that makes him seem eccentric.

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

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

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

9. Briefly describe Evie Kimball and her family.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think "One-Eyed Cat" is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

Essay Topic 2

Over the course of the story, Ned grows as a person in both complexity and understanding. "One-Eyed Cat" might be considered a slice of Ned's larger story of his "coming of age." It might be said that the story is a "bildungsroman" of Ned Willis. Discuss the following:

1. Define Bildungsroman, or "Coming of Age," and give several examples from literature you have read.

2. Trace and analyze the character of Ned as he changes from a carefree, innocent boy to a sadder, but wiser, young man. What are the significant events that change Ned?

3. After thoroughly analyzing Ned's growth throughout the book, do you think "One-Eyed Cat" could be considered Ned's Coming of Age story? Why or why not?

4. Are there any other characters in "One-Eyed Cat" who go through a Coming of Age experience? Who? Why do you think so?

Essay Topic 3

"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.

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