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. What kind of potatoes does Mrs. Brewster serve?

2. How does Ned perceive his family life before his mother is ill?

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

4. What does Mama give Ned for his birthday?

5. Who brings cookies and apples to Ned's class?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. With whom do Ned and his father have Sunday dinner and what is served?

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

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

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

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

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

8. What confuses Ned about Mrs. Scallop?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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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