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. What do Ned and Billy discuss?

2. What does Ned and his mother see?

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

4. Who is Janet?

5. Why doesn't Ned visit his mother one day?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where is one place Uncle Hilary suggests he and Ned might want to visit on Christmas break?

2. Where does Ned find Mr. Scully one afternoon and what does Ned do?

3. What does Mama tell Ned about something she did when Ned was three?

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

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

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

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

8. Who does Ned meet at Mr. Scully's house one day after Mr. Scully is gone and what does she tell him?

9. What does Ned do for Janet that shows his kind nature?

10. What does Ned learn about the Makepeace mansion?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in "One-Eyed Cat".

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of the story. How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of the book. How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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