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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. About whom is Ned often confused?

2. What does Ned clear out of Mr. Scully's attic?

3. Why does Ned not like dining with members of the congregation?

4. What does Ned refrain from saying to his mother?

5. Why does the family sleep downstairs one night?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where does Uncle Hilary want to take Ned over Christmas vacation and how does Ned initially feel about the idea?

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

3. What animal do Ned and Mr. Scully watch from the window and what does Ned do for the animal?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Briefly describe Evie Kimball and her family.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"One-Eyed Cat" belongs to the young teen genre. Discuss the following:

1. Define the literary term "genre" and give several examples of three other genres in addition to fantasy.

2. Discuss two reasons why it might be useful to label a text by genre.

3. Discuss two reasons why it might be disadvantageous to label a text by genre.

4. Discuss what your favorite genre is; give several examples and explain what you enjoy about books in that genre.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

1. Research the history of the United States during the Depression era, which is the setting for "One-Eyed Cat". Write a summary of what you learn that you think is relevant to understanding the life of Ned, his family and friends.

2. Research the setting of the Hudson River Valley. Compare/contrast life in the Hudson River Valley of the 1930s with that of the first decade of the 21st century.

3. Do you believe it makes for a more sophisticated and enjoyable reading of a book such as "One-Eyed Cat" to understand the basic cultural forces at play in the book? Explain fully with examples from the text.

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