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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 Ned learn from Doris?
2. What does the Wallis family receive in the mail?
3. Why does Mrs. Scallop cry?
4. What does Mr. Scully think about the one-eyed cat?
5. What has been taken down at Mr. Scully's house?
Short Essay Questions
1. Where does Ned go one moonlit night and who follows him?
2. What does Ned learn about the Makepeace mansion?
3. What does Mr. Scully say to Ned about the one-eyed cat?
4. What does Ned's mama "confess" to Ned?
5. About what does Ned open up and talk to his mama?
6. What do Ned and his mother see playing by the light of the moon and then what arrives?
7. What changes does Ned find at Mr. Scully's home one day?
8. With whom does Ned get into a fight and why?
9. Where is Mr. Scully taken and what is probably wrong with him?
10. What does Ned bring down from the attic and what is inside it?
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
Ned is eleven throughout much of the novel. Discuss the following:
1. What are some ways that Ned seems like an average eleven year old? Give examples and why you say his activities are average teen activities.
2. What are some ways that Ned seems older than his age of 11? Give specific examples and discuss whether they seem consistent with the character of Nest as she is developed throughout the book.
3. Research the activities of young teens during the era of the 1930s and compare/contrast it with that of young teens in the present. Does life for a teen in the 1930s seem significantly different? How so? How would you have liked to live as a teen in the 1930s? Explain fully using examples from your research.
Essay Topic 3
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?
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