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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. Why does Ned feel safe?

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

3. Why does Ned feel sad for Mr. Scully?

4. What does Mrs. Scallop tell Ned about his birth?

5. Who is Cosmo?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Ned think his father would react if he knew about Ned taking the rifle out late at night and shooting it, contrary to Mr. Willis' orders?

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

6. What disconcerting statement does Mrs. Scallop say about Ned's birthday candles and what does she give Ned for his birthday?

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

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

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

10. What is the first lie Ned has ever told his mama?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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