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. Why does Ned not like dining with members of the congregation?

2. What is Powerful Katinka?

3. Who does Ned like to visit regularly?

4. How old is Mr. Scully?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What does Ned's uncle Hilary give Ned for his birthday and why is Ned's father upset?

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

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

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

9. Briefly describe Evie Kimball and her family.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"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 2

Discuss one of the following:

1. Define irony in literary terms. Discuss the irony of the situation that the person Ned first confesses to about the air rifle is someone who cannot talk. What other irony can you find in "One-Eyed Cat"? Do you think irony enhances the book? Why or why not.

2. Define symbolism in literary terms. Discuss the use and meaning of five symbols you choose to analyze from this book. What do they symbolize? Is the symbolism obvious? Effective? Does the symbolism contribute to the enjoyment of reading?

3. Discuss five literary devices that occur in "One-Eyed Cat" and how they are used. Are they effective? Do they add or detract from the reading of the book? Why or why not. Some possible devices: Allusion, connotation, denouement, dialogue, flashback, figurative language, motif, metaphor, narrator, point of view, simile, mood, and puns.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in "One-Eyed Cat".

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of the story. How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of the book. How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

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