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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. In what decades is the novel set?

2. How does Ned perceive his family life before his mother is ill?

3. In what month does Ned's birthday fall?

4. What does Mr. Scully never use?

5. Why does the family sleep downstairs one night?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Ned goes to visit Mr. Scully again?

2. What impression does Ned receive on his way back from shooting the rifle and of what does that remind Ned?

3. After he recovers from his illness, where does Ned often go and what does he do there?

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

5. What are Uncle Hilary's newest plans as outlined in a letter the Willis family receives?

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

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

8. What is Mama's good news and how does Ned respond?

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

10. What does Ned learn about the Makepeace mansion?

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

Many novels, including "One-Eyed Cat", end on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of "One-Eyed Cat" and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why "One-Eyed Cat" is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?

2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as "One-Eyed Cat" help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading "One-Eyed Cat"? Why or why not.

3. Choose one specific incident in "One-Eyed Cat" to discuss and compare Ned's or some other character's response to how you think you would respond.

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