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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. Who has cake and lemonade in Ned's mother's room?

2. In what month does Ned's birthday fall?

3. What does the narrator say about the Brewster's lifestyle?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Ned Wallis.

2. What is the date and location of the setting for "One-Eyed Cat", and what is the significance of the time period?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of change in "One-Eyed Cat". Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with change? Why? What are some symbols of change? Symbols of rigidity? What characters seem to change the most? The least?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of helplessness/physical illness in "One-Eyed Cat". Which characters have physical infirmities that limit their lives? Who overcomes physical problems? Who does not? How much impact does Ned's mother's illness have on Ned's life?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of death. What kinds of death are there (i.e., physical death, death of a cherished notion; death of a relationship)? How does Ned react to the possible death of the "One-Eyed Cat" when it seems sick? Why do you think he reacts that way? How does Ned react to the death of Mr. Scully? Why does he react that way?

Essay Topic 3

Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way around. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think One-Eyed Cat is? Explain your response.

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