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. Where does Ned travel that night?

2. What does Mama give Ned for his birthday?

3. In what area of the country does Ned and his family live?

4. What does Ned think of his present from Mrs. Scallop?

5. What does Ned decide about Charleston?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Describe Ned Wallis.

7. What has Ned noticed about Mrs. Scallop's underlying emotion and of whom does she remind Ned?

8. What disconcerting statement does Mrs. Scallop say about Ned's birthday candles and what does she give Ned for his birthday?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast Ned at the beginning of the novel to Ned at the end of the novel. How are they alike? How are they different? Are they both sympathetic characters? Which "Ned" would you most like to have as a friend? Why? Is each one believable? Why or why not.

2. Compare/contrast Evelyn at the beginning of the novel to Evelyn at the end of the novel. How are they alike? How are they different? Are they sympathetic characters? Who would you most likely have as a friend? Why? Is each one believable? Why or why not.

3. Compare/contrast Ned to Billy. How are they alike? How are they different? Are they sympathetic characters? Who would you most likely have as a friend? Why? Is each one believable? Why or why not.

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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