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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 is on Ned's mind constantly?

2. What does Ned take Mr. Scully every day?

3. Where does Ned get the bronze goat he has in his room?

4. What does Ned believe about his mother and Hilary?

5. What does James Wallis tell his son to refrain from when at the Brewster's home?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Briefly describe Evie Kimball and her family.

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

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

7. 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?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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.

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