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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 Ned clear out of Mr. Scully's attic?

2. What did Ned feel on the day of the visit with his father years ago that he felt when he went out in the night?

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

4. What does Ned do as his father pays the visit?

5. What is on Ned's mind constantly?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is Mr. Scully's relationship like with his daughter Doris?

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

5. What confuses Ned about Mrs. Scallop?

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

7. What does Ned's father instruct Ned about being a guest for supper at the Brewsters, and why does his father say that?

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

9. Briefly describe Evie Kimball and her family.

10. What does Ned's uncle Hilary give Ned for his birthday and why is Ned's father upset?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?

2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as "One-Eyed Cat" help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading "One-Eyed Cat"? Why or why not.

3. Choose one specific incident in "One-Eyed Cat" to discuss and compare Ned's or some other character's response to how you think you would respond.

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

Most protagonists are a mixture of admirable traits and character flaws, and Ned and other characters are no exceptions. Discuss the following:

1. Trace and analyze situations when Ned demonstrates his admirable qualities. Give specific examples to illustrate your analysis. Compare those to situations where he demonstrates his less-than-admirable traits.

2. Trace and analyze situations when two other minor protagonists demonstrate his/her admirable qualities. Give specific examples to illustrate your analysis. Compare those to situations where s/he demonstrates her less-than-admirable traits.

3. Often the antagonist is a mixture of positive and negative traits (if they are human) or positive and negative aspects if the protagonist is a thing, event, animal, etc... Trace and analyze situations when an antagonist demonstrates positive aspects. Give specific examples to illustrate your analysis. Compare those to situations where the antagonist demonstrates less-than-admirable aspects.

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