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 Evie Kimball's father do?

3. What does Doris send Mr. Scully about once a month?

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

5. Where does Ned realize his father is taking his present?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What confuses Ned about Mrs. Scallop?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What does Ned's father instruct Ned about being a guest for supper at the Brewsters, and why does his father say 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

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.

Essay Topic 3

Many events that happen later in "One-Eyed Cat" are foreshadowed by previous events and/or signs in an earlier section of the book. Discuss the following:

1. Define the literary term "foreshadow."

2. Why would an author use foreshadowing? Do you think it adds or detracts from your experience as a reader? Explain.

3. Trace and analyze three instances of foreshadowing in the book. Match up what is mentioned earlier and what it foreshadows. Did you guess that each instance of foreshadowing was a "heads up" of something to come? Why or why not.

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