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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. When does he want to take Ned?

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

3. Where does Ned walk by where his mother used to keep her horse?

4. What does Evelyn Kimball say she saw when Ned and his friends are talking?

5. Where does Ned travel that 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 father instruct Ned about being a guest for supper at the Brewsters, and why does his father say that?

3. Briefly describe Evie Kimball and her family.

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

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

6. What impression does Ned receive on his way back from shooting the rifle and of what does that remind Ned?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

"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 3

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of "One-Eyed Cat", identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in "One-Eyed Cat". (They may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not.

4. Many writers and critics say there are only a few plots in the world of fiction; it's what an author does with a plot that distinguishes a mediocre book from an outstanding book. Respond to this idea, using examples from "One-Eyed Cat" and other books you have read.

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