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 does Ned wish about his upcoming Christmas vacation?

2. What type of arthritis does Mama have?

3. What is missing from the yard at Mr. Scully's house?

4. What does Ned and his mother see?

5. How does Ned believe Mr. Scully responds to Ned's confession?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Billy and Ned hope for this year's winter season?

2. Where is Mr. Scully taken and what is probably wrong with him?

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

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

5. What does Ned learn about the Makepeace mansion?

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

7. What changes take place for the Kimball family?

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

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

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

"One-Eyed Cat" belongs to the young teen genre. Discuss the following:

1. Define the literary term "genre" and give several examples of three other genres in addition to fantasy.

2. Discuss two reasons why it might be useful to label a text by genre.

3. Discuss two reasons why it might be disadvantageous to label a text by genre.

4. Discuss what your favorite genre is; give several examples and explain what you enjoy about books in that genre.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of change in "One-Eyed Cat". Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with change? Why? What are some symbols of change? Symbols of rigidity? What characters seem to change the most? The least?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of helplessness/physical illness in "One-Eyed Cat". Which characters have physical infirmities that limit their lives? Who overcomes physical problems? Who does not? How much impact does Ned's mother's illness have on Ned's life?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of death. What kinds of death are there (i.e., physical death, death of a cherished notion; death of a relationship)? How does Ned react to the possible death of the "One-Eyed Cat" when it seems sick? Why do you think he reacts that way? How does Ned react to the death of Mr. Scully? Why does he react that way?

Essay Topic 3

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think "One-Eyed Cat" is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

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