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 Ned avoid approaching?

2. What does Ned think about Mr. Scully when he goes to see him one day?

3. Where does Hilary suggest taking a ferry?

4. How does Ned help Janet?

5. What does Evelyn get as a result of her father earning more money?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Characters are an important part of what makes "One-Eyed Cat" interesting. Discuss the following "good" characters:

1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Ned Willis. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

2. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Mr. Scully. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

3. Thoroughly discuss and analyze two secondary characters of your choice. What are his/her strengths? Weaknesses? How does s/he contribute to the plot? Is s/he a sympathetic character? Is s/he always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

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

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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