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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 Cosmo?

2. To whom had the present once belonged?

3. What does Mr. Scully give Ned for Ned's birthday?

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

5. Of what is Ned afraid if his dad learns of the rifle incident?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. With whom do Ned and his father have Sunday dinner and what is served?

5. What does Ned do in the night after his parents and Uncle Hilary have gone to bed?

6. How does Ned feel about having a meal with a family in his father's congregation?

7. Describe Ned Wallis.

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

9. Where does Uncle Hilary want to take Ned over Christmas vacation and how does Ned initially feel about the idea?

10. What confuses Ned about Mrs. Scallop?

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

Over the course of the story, Ned grows as a person in both complexity and understanding. "One-Eyed Cat" might be considered a slice of Ned's larger story of his "coming of age." It might be said that the story is a "bildungsroman" of Ned Willis. Discuss the following:

1. Define Bildungsroman, or "Coming of Age," and give several examples from literature you have read.

2. Trace and analyze the character of Ned as he changes from a carefree, innocent boy to a sadder, but wiser, young man. What are the significant events that change Ned?

3. After thoroughly analyzing Ned's growth throughout the book, do you think "One-Eyed Cat" could be considered Ned's Coming of Age story? Why or why not?

4. Are there any other characters in "One-Eyed Cat" who go through a Coming of Age experience? Who? Why do you think so?

Essay Topic 3

Many events that happen later in "One-Eyed Cat" are foreshadowed by previous events and/or signs in an earlier section of the book. Discuss the following:

1. Define the literary term "foreshadow."

2. Why would an author use foreshadowing? Do you think it adds or detracts from your experience as a reader? Explain.

3. Trace and analyze three instances of foreshadowing in the book. Match up what is mentioned earlier and what it foreshadows. Did you guess that each instance of foreshadowing was a "heads up" of something to come? Why or why not.

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