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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 does Ned knows that lives in New York City?

2. Why does the family sleep downstairs one night?

3. About what does Ned worry when he gets back to his room with his presents?

4. What does Mrs. Scallop sometimes lapse into?

5. What does Ned imagine as he is outside at night?

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. How does Ned feel about having a meal with a family in his father's congregation?

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

5. Describe a couple souvenirs Ned has received from his uncle Hilary?

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

7. 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?

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

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

10. What has Ned noticed about Mrs. Scallop's underlying emotion and of whom does she remind Ned?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

Characters are an important part of what makes "One-Eyed Cat" interesting. Discuss the following "good" characters:

1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Ned Willis. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

2. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Mr. Scully. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

3. Thoroughly discuss and analyze two secondary characters of your choice. What are his/her strengths? Weaknesses? How does s/he contribute to the plot? Is s/he a sympathetic character? Is s/he always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

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