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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 tell his mother about Christmas vacation?
2. What has been taken down at Mr. Scully's house?
3. When does a heavy snow fall in Chapter V?
4. What does Ned and his mother see?
5. Where does Ned find the one-eyed cat?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Ned stop at Mr. Scully's house and what does he find?
2. How does the fight end?
3. Who does Ned meet at Mr. Scully's house one day after Mr. Scully is gone and what does she tell him?
4. After he recovers from his illness, where does Ned often go and what does he do there?
5. What happens on the first day December and what does Ned see?
6. What do Billy and Ned hope for this year's winter season?
7. With whom does Ned get into a fight and why?
8. Where is Mr. Scully taken and what is probably wrong with him?
9. What does Ned's mama "confess" to Ned?
10. Where is one place Uncle Hilary suggests he and Ned might want to visit on Christmas break?
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 has an acute appreciation for the natural world. This is evidenced by the way the character views his surroundings. Throughout the novel, Ned and the other characters in the story take notice of the weather and the plants and flowers of each season. Discuss the following:
1. How is the nature world presented in "One-Eyed Cat"? Is is hostile? Inviting? Necessary to survival? Appreciated?
2. Discuss three characters and how the natural world impacts their lives. What is each character's attitude towards the natural world? Why do you think each character responds to the natural world the way s/he does?
3. Do you think the natural world would have as much of an impact on a boy going through a similar crisis today as then? Explain fully with examples from the text.
Essay Topic 3
1. Research the history of the United States during the Depression era, which is the setting for "One-Eyed Cat". Write a summary of what you learn that you think is relevant to understanding the life of Ned, his family and friends.
2. Research the setting of the Hudson River Valley. Compare/contrast life in the Hudson River Valley of the 1930s with that of the first decade of the 21st century.
3. Do you believe it makes for a more sophisticated and enjoyable reading of a book such as "One-Eyed Cat" to understand the basic cultural forces at play in the book? Explain fully with examples from the text.
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