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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 does Mr. Scully give Ned for Ned's birthday?

2. Who does Ned knows that lives in New York City?

3. In what decades is the novel set?

4. What does Hilary give Ned for his birthday?

5. What does Mrs. Scallop tell Ned about his birth?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What had Ned's father told him about the Daisy air rifle and how does Ned comply?

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

Over the course of the story, Ned grows as a person in both complexity and understanding. "One-Eyed Cat" might be considered a slice of Ned's larger story of his "coming of age." It might be said that the story is a "bildungsroman" of Ned Willis. Discuss the following:

1. Define Bildungsroman, or "Coming of Age," and give several examples from literature you have read.

2. Trace and analyze the character of Ned as he changes from a carefree, innocent boy to a sadder, but wiser, young man. What are the significant events that change Ned?

3. After thoroughly analyzing Ned's growth throughout the book, do you think "One-Eyed Cat" could be considered Ned's Coming of Age story? Why or why not?

4. Are there any other characters in "One-Eyed Cat" who go through a Coming of Age experience? Who? Why do you think so?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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