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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 the narrator say about the Brewster's lifestyle?

2. Why is Ned particularly excited about traveling with Hilary?

3. What does Ned think about Mr. Scully?

4. Who are Evelyn Kimball, Janet Hoffman, and Billy Gaskell?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Ned feel concerned about his mama and when did this start?

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

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

4. What had Ned's father told him about the Daisy air rifle and how does Ned comply?

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

6. Describe Ned Wallis.

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

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

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

10. How does Mrs. Scallop upset Ned about his birth and what does his mother say about it?

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

Ned is eleven throughout much of the novel. Discuss the following:

1. What are some ways that Ned seems like an average eleven year old? Give examples and why you say his activities are average teen activities.

2. What are some ways that Ned seems older than his age of 11? Give specific examples and discuss whether they seem consistent with the character of Nest as she is developed throughout the book.

3. Research the activities of young teens during the era of the 1930s and compare/contrast it with that of young teens in the present. Does life for a teen in the 1930s seem significantly different? How so? How would you have liked to live as a teen in the 1930s? Explain fully using examples from your research.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss "One-Eyed Cat" based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1, and judge if "One-Eyed Cat" is a successful novel.

3. Do you think the fact that this story is a young teen novel in a series changes the criteria upon which its success should be judged? Explain.

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