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. Where does Ned do after-school chores?

2. Where does Ned go after he finds Mr. Scully?

3. What does Ned realize about Mr. Scully and Ned's confession?

4. What does Ned learn about Mr. Scully?

5. What has gone from Mr. Scully's house?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Mr. Scully say to Ned about the one-eyed cat?

2. What changes does Ned find at Mr. Scully's home one day?

3. What happens when Ned goes to visit Mr. Scully again?

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

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

6. After he recovers from his illness, where does Ned often go and what does he do there?

7. What does Ned learn about the Makepeace mansion?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Paula Fox chooses to write the novel as a third person, impersonal narrator. Discuss the following:

1. What are the advantages and disadvantages of this novel being written in the third person, omniscient narration?

2. Do you think the novel would be more effective in a different point of view? Which one if so? If not why do you think the impersonal narrator works the best?

3. When do you think an author is most likely to use the first person point of view? Second person? Third person omniscient? Third person limited?

4. Do you think the narrator in "One-Eyed Cat" is reliable, i.e., do you believe the narrator is completely unbiased? Explain your response.

5. What is your favorite point of view to read? Or do you have a favorite.

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