One-Eyed Cat Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Mama say to Ned about Mrs. Scallop?

2. Who is Janet?

3. What does Ned think about as he leaves the nursing home?

4. What does Ned bring down from Mr. Scully's attic?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of "One-Eyed Cat", identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in "One-Eyed Cat". (They may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not.

4. Many writers and critics say there are only a few plots in the world of fiction; it's what an author does with a plot that distinguishes a mediocre book from an outstanding book. Respond to this idea, using examples from "One-Eyed Cat" and other books you have read.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss "One-Eyed Cat" based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1, and judge if "One-Eyed Cat" is a successful novel.

3. Do you think the fact that this story is a young teen novel in a series changes the criteria upon which its success should be judged? Explain.

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