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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 Mama mention that embarrasses Ned?

2. What has Ned's father installed on the house for protection?

3. Why is James Willis upset with Hilary?

4. How many siblings does Ned have?

5. What does Mr. Scully say comes into his yard regularly?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What confuses Ned about Mrs. Scallop?

8. Briefly describe Evie Kimball and her family.

9. Describe Ned Wallis.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

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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