One-Eyed Cat Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. What does Mrs. Scallop sometimes lapse into?

2. What does Ned's father not understand about Mr. Kimball?

3. Of what does Ned feel a little jealous?

4. How old is Ned when his mother becomes ill?

5. Why does Ned fluster Evelyn?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. About what does Ned open up and talk to his mama?

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

4. What changes take place for the Kimball family?

5. What confuses Ned about Mrs. Scallop?

6. What is Mr. Scully's relationship like with his daughter Doris?

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

8. What does Ned bring down from the attic and what is inside it?

9. To whom does Ned deliver mail and a newspaper every day and why does Ned do so?

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

Essay 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

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

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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