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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 emotion seems to be just below the surface of Mrs. Scallop?
2. Of what is Ned afraid if his dad learns of the rifle incident?
3. How many housekeepers has the Wallis family had, including the present one?
4. What does Mrs. Scallop say would happen if Ned does not blow out all his birthday candles?
5. What causes Ned both great anxiety and excitement?
Short Essay Questions
1. 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?
2. To whom does Ned deliver mail and a newspaper every day and why does Ned do so?
3. Who is the current housekeeper in the Wallis family and how does Ned feel about having a housekeeper?
4. What disconcerting statement does Mrs. Scallop say about Ned's birthday candles and what does she give Ned for his birthday?
5. Where was Ned's favorite place to walk when he was very young?
6. What does Ned's mama give Ned for his birthday and what embarrasses Ned after a question she asks him?
7. What has Ned noticed about Mrs. Scallop's underlying emotion and of whom does she remind Ned?
8. Describe a couple souvenirs Ned has received from his uncle Hilary?
9. Where does Uncle Hilary want to take Ned over Christmas vacation and how does Ned initially feel about the idea?
10. Describe a typical routine for Ned and Mr. Scully when Ned is over there.
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 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.
Essay Topic 3
Ned has an acute appreciation for the natural world. This is evidenced by the way the character views his surroundings. Throughout the novel, Ned and the other characters in the story take notice of the weather and the plants and flowers of each season. Discuss the following:
1. How is the nature world presented in "One-Eyed Cat"? Is is hostile? Inviting? Necessary to survival? Appreciated?
2. Discuss three characters and how the natural world impacts their lives. What is each character's attitude towards the natural world? Why do you think each character responds to the natural world the way s/he does?
3. Do you think the natural world would have as much of an impact on a boy going through a similar crisis today as then? Explain fully with examples from the text.
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