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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 causes Ned both great anxiety and excitement?

2. Who is Cosmo?

3. What is Powerful Katinka?

4. What did Ned feel on the day of the visit with his father years ago that he felt when he went out in the night?

5. Why does Ned feel sad for Mr. Scully?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Ned Wallis.

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What does Ned remember about life before his Mama becomes ill?

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

10. What does Ned think Mr. Scully needs, and how does Ned feel about that?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Paula Fox chooses to write the novel as a third person, impersonal narrator. Discuss the following:

1. What are the advantages and disadvantages of this novel being written in the third person, omniscient narration?

2. Do you think the novel would be more effective in a different point of view? Which one if so? If not why do you think the impersonal narrator works the best?

3. When do you think an author is most likely to use the first person point of view? Second person? Third person omniscient? Third person limited?

4. Do you think the narrator in "One-Eyed Cat" is reliable, i.e., do you believe the narrator is completely unbiased? Explain your response.

5. What is your favorite point of view to read? Or do you have a favorite.

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 the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss "One-Eyed Cat" based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1, and judge if "One-Eyed Cat" is a successful novel.

3. Do you think the fact that this story is a young teen novel in a series changes the criteria upon which its success should be judged? Explain.

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