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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 causes Ned both great anxiety and excitement?

2. What does Ned notice about the things Doris sent for the last three months?

3. What has Ned's father installed on the house for protection?

4. When does James say Ned can have his present?

5. Where does Ned travel that night?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Describe a couple things about Mr. Scully that makes him seem eccentric.

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

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

5. Describe a typical routine for Ned and Mr. Scully when Ned is over there.

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

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

8. What does Ned think Mr. Scully needs, and how does Ned feel about that?

9. Why does the Wallis family gather downstairs during the night?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way around. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think One-Eyed Cat is? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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