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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. Where does Ned walk by where his mother used to keep her horse?

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

3. Why does Ned not mind listening to Mr. Scully ramble?

4. About what does Ned worry when he gets back to his room with his presents?

5. Of what does Ned feel a little jealous?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where was Ned's favorite place to walk when he was very young?

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

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

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

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

6. How does Ned think his father would react if he knew about Ned taking the rifle out late at night and shooting it, contrary to Mr. Willis' orders?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ned is an only child, as contrasted to his friend, Evelyn Kimball, who has several siblings. Discuss the following:

1. Research the theory of how birth order impacts the personality development of a person. Relate your research to Ned's life and personality in "One-Eyed Cat".

2. Compare/contrast Evelyn Kimball to Ned as regard their birth order and the number of siblings they each have (or do not have). Do you think the differences between the two characters can be partially accounted for because of their birth order and/or number of children in their families? Explain fully.

3. Write an essay comparing your personality to that of Ned's and theorize as to whether you think the similarities and/or differences of your birth orders and sibling numbers have anything to do with your similarities and/or differences.

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

Characters are an important part of what makes "One-Eyed Cat" interesting. Discuss the following "good" characters:

1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Ned Willis. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

2. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Mr. Scully. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

3. Thoroughly discuss and analyze two secondary characters of your choice. What are his/her strengths? Weaknesses? How does s/he contribute to the plot? Is s/he a sympathetic character? Is s/he always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

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