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 Mrs. Scallop sometimes lapse into?
2. What does Ned's father not understand about Mr. Kimball?
3. Of what does Ned feel a little jealous?
4. How old is Ned when his mother becomes ill?
5. Why does Ned fluster Evelyn?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Ned feel about having a meal with a family in his father's congregation?
2. About what does Ned open up and talk to his mama?
3. Why does Ned feel concerned about his mama and when did this start?
4. What changes take place for the Kimball family?
5. What confuses Ned about Mrs. Scallop?
6. What is Mr. Scully's relationship like with his daughter Doris?
7. How does Mrs. Scallop upset Ned about his birth and what does his mother say about it?
8. What does Ned bring down from the attic and what is inside it?
9. To whom does Ned deliver mail and a newspaper every day and why does Ned do so?
10. Describe a couple souvenirs Ned has received from his uncle Hilary?
Essay Topic 1
Many novels, including "One-Eyed Cat", end on a happy note. Discuss the following:
1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?
2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of "One-Eyed Cat" and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why "One-Eyed Cat" is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.
3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 2
Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:
1. Fully explain why you think "One-Eyed Cat" is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?
2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.
3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.
4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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