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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. Who is Mrs. Scallop?

2. Who is Hilary?

3. What is Powerful Katinka?

4. In what decades is the novel set?

5. Where does Hilary want to take Ned?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Where does Ned go one moonlit night and who follows him?

3. How does the fight end?

4. What changes take place for the Kimball family?

5. Describe Ned Wallis.

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. Where is one place Uncle Hilary suggests he and Ned might want to visit on Christmas break?

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

10. What do Ned and his mother see playing by the light of the moon and then what arrives?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Ned has an acute appreciation for the natural world. This is evidenced by the way the character views his surroundings. Throughout the novel, Ned and the other characters in the story take notice of the weather and the plants and flowers of each season. Discuss the following:

1. How is the nature world presented in "One-Eyed Cat"? Is is hostile? Inviting? Necessary to survival? Appreciated?

2. Discuss three characters and how the natural world impacts their lives. What is each character's attitude towards the natural world? Why do you think each character responds to the natural world the way s/he does?

3. Do you think the natural world would have as much of an impact on a boy going through a similar crisis today as then? Explain fully with examples from the text.

Essay Topic 2

Characters are an important part of what makes "One-Eyed Cat" interesting. Discuss the following "good" characters:

1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Ned Willis. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

2. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Mr. Scully. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

3. Thoroughly discuss and analyze two secondary characters of your choice. What are his/her strengths? Weaknesses? How does s/he contribute to the plot? Is s/he a sympathetic character? Is s/he always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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