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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. Of what does Ned feel a little jealous?

2. What does the narrator say about the Brewster's lifestyle?

3. Who is Cosmo?

4. How many siblings does Ned have?

5. What is Powerful Katinka?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What does Ned's father instruct Ned about being a guest for supper at the Brewsters, and why does his father say that?

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

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

10. How is Ned's birthday celebrated in his classroom?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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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