One-Eyed Cat Test | Final 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. Who is Billy Gaskell?

2. How does Hilary intend to get to his next destination?

3. What does Ned and his mother see?

4. What still worries Ned after he returns home from Mr. Scully's house?

5. How does Mrs. Scallop feel about her new job?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Ned admit to Mr. Scully and what does Ned believe is the elderly man's response?

2. Where does Ned go one moonlit night and who follows him?

3. About what does Ned open up and talk to his mama?

4. Why does Ned stop at Mr. Scully's house and what does he find?

5. What does Ned's mama "confess" to Ned?

6. What is Mama's good news and how does Ned respond?

7. What does Ned's father notice as Ned and he are trimming the Christmas tree and what happens?

8. What are Uncle Hilary's newest plans as outlined in a letter the Willis family receives?

9. What changes take place for the Kimball family?

10. What does Ned bring down from the attic and what is inside it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Define irony in literary terms. Discuss the irony of the situation that the person Ned first confesses to about the air rifle is someone who cannot talk. What other irony can you find in "One-Eyed Cat"? Do you think irony enhances the book? Why or why not.

2. Define symbolism in literary terms. Discuss the use and meaning of five symbols you choose to analyze from this book. What do they symbolize? Is the symbolism obvious? Effective? Does the symbolism contribute to the enjoyment of reading?

3. Discuss five literary devices that occur in "One-Eyed Cat" and how they are used. Are they effective? Do they add or detract from the reading of the book? Why or why not. Some possible devices: Allusion, connotation, denouement, dialogue, flashback, figurative language, motif, metaphor, narrator, point of view, simile, mood, and puns.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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