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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 kind of potatoes does Mrs. Brewster serve?

2. What does Mama mention that embarrasses Ned?

3. Where does Ned go after the household is in bed?

4. What does Ned's father not understand about Mr. Kimball?

5. What magazine does Ned love?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where does Ned find Mr. Scully one afternoon and what does Ned do?

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

3. What do Ned and his friends discuss on the way to school and how does Ned make Evelyn feel a little flustered?

4. What does Ned do for Janet that shows his kind nature?

5. What impression does Ned receive on his way back from shooting the rifle and of what does that remind Ned?

6. What does Ned's uncle Hilary give Ned for his birthday and why is Ned's father upset?

7. What does Ned learn about the Makepeace mansion?

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

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

10. How does Ned think his father would react if he knew about Ned taking the rifle out late at night and shooting it, contrary to Mr. Willis' orders?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Many novels, including "One-Eyed Cat", end on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of "One-Eyed Cat" and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why "One-Eyed Cat" is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

1. Research the history of the United States during the Depression era, which is the setting for "One-Eyed Cat". Write a summary of what you learn that you think is relevant to understanding the life of Ned, his family and friends.

2. Research the setting of the Hudson River Valley. Compare/contrast life in the Hudson River Valley of the 1930s with that of the first decade of the 21st century.

3. Do you believe it makes for a more sophisticated and enjoyable reading of a book such as "One-Eyed Cat" to understand the basic cultural forces at play in the book? Explain fully with examples from the text.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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