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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Ned figure his father will begin doing?
2. What type of arthritis does Mama have?
3. What does Ned bring down from Mr. Scully's attic?
4. What does Ned know about Mr. Scully and the man's house?
5. Where does he go on his walk?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:
1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?
2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as "One-Eyed Cat" help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading "One-Eyed Cat"? Why or why not.
3. Choose one specific incident in "One-Eyed Cat" to discuss and compare Ned's or some other character's response to how you think you would respond.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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