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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 does Ned do as his father pays the visit?

2. Why is James Willis upset with Hilary?

3. What causes Ned both great anxiety and excitement?

4. In what area of the country does Ned and his family live?

5. Why does Ned feel guilty when he is watching out the window with Mr. Scully?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What do Ned and his mother see playing by the light of the moon and then what arrives?

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

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

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

6. What confuses Ned about Mrs. Scallop?

7. What happens on the first day December and what does Ned see?

8. Describe Ned Wallis.

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

10. Where is Mr. Scully taken and what is probably wrong with him?

Essay 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

Ned is eleven throughout much of the novel. Discuss the following:

1. What are some ways that Ned seems like an average eleven year old? Give examples and why you say his activities are average teen activities.

2. What are some ways that Ned seems older than his age of 11? Give specific examples and discuss whether they seem consistent with the character of Nest as she is developed throughout the book.

3. Research the activities of young teens during the era of the 1930s and compare/contrast it with that of young teens in the present. Does life for a teen in the 1930s seem significantly different? How so? How would you have liked to live as a teen in the 1930s? Explain fully using examples from your research.

Essay Topic 3

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think "One-Eyed Cat" is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

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