One-Eyed Cat Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 lose interest in after using it once?

2. What does Mrs. Scallop sometimes lapse into?

3. Who is Hilary?

4. Who brings cookies and apples to Ned's class?

5. In what country does Hilary buy a butterfly enclosed in glass?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How is Ned's birthday celebrated in his classroom?

4. Briefly describe Evie Kimball and her family.

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

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

7. Who is the current housekeeper in the Wallis family and how does Ned feel about having a housekeeper?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast Ned at the beginning of the novel to Ned at the end of the novel. How are they alike? How are they different? Are they both sympathetic characters? Which "Ned" would you most like to have as a friend? Why? Is each one believable? Why or why not.

2. Compare/contrast Evelyn at the beginning of the novel to Evelyn at the end of the novel. How are they alike? How are they different? Are they sympathetic characters? Who would you most likely have as a friend? Why? Is each one believable? Why or why not.

3. Compare/contrast Ned to Billy. How are they alike? How are they different? Are they sympathetic characters? Who would you most likely have as a friend? Why? Is each one believable? Why or why not.

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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