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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. To whom had the present once belonged?

2. How many siblings does Ned have?

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

4. What does Ned imagine as he is outside at night?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Ned learn about the Makepeace mansion?

2. Where does Ned find Mr. Scully one afternoon and what does Ned do?

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

4. Where does Ned go one moonlit night and who follows him?

5. What does Ned admit to Mr. Scully and what does Ned believe is the elderly man's response?

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

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

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

9. With whom does Ned get into a fight and why?

10. Briefly describe Evie Kimball and her family.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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?

Essay Topic 3

Ned has an acute appreciation for the natural world. This is evidenced by the way the character views his surroundings. Throughout the novel, Ned and the other characters in the story take notice of the weather and the plants and flowers of each season. Discuss the following:

1. How is the nature world presented in "One-Eyed Cat"? Is is hostile? Inviting? Necessary to survival? Appreciated?

2. Discuss three characters and how the natural world impacts their lives. What is each character's attitude towards the natural world? Why do you think each character responds to the natural world the way s/he does?

3. Do you think the natural world would have as much of an impact on a boy going through a similar crisis today as then? Explain fully with examples from the text.

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