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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. Where does Ned go on the way to school?
2. What does Mr. Scully think about the one-eyed cat?
3. What topic does Ned's mother ask Ned about which he does not answer?
4. What does Mrs. Kimball say about Mr. Scully?
5. What does Ned think about Mr. Scully when he goes to see him one day?
Short Essay Questions
1. What happens when Ned goes to visit Mr. Scully again?
2. What happens on the first day December and what does Ned see?
3. What does Mr. Scully say to Ned about the one-eyed cat?
4. About what does Ned open up and talk to his mama?
5. What does Ned admit to Mr. Scully and what does Ned believe is the elderly man's response?
6. What do Billy and Ned hope for this year's winter season?
7. How does the fight end?
8. What does Ned do for Janet that shows his kind nature?
9. What does Mama tell Ned about something she did when Ned was three?
10. What does Ned learn from Mama about Mrs. Scallop and Mr. Scully?
Write an essay for ONE of the following 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
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?
Essay Topic 3
Over the course of the story, Ned grows as a person in both complexity and understanding. "One-Eyed Cat" might be considered a slice of Ned's larger story of his "coming of age." It might be said that the story is a "bildungsroman" of Ned Willis. Discuss the following:
1. Define Bildungsroman, or "Coming of Age," and give several examples from literature you have read.
2. Trace and analyze the character of Ned as he changes from a carefree, innocent boy to a sadder, but wiser, young man. What are the significant events that change Ned?
3. After thoroughly analyzing Ned's growth throughout the book, do you think "One-Eyed Cat" could be considered Ned's Coming of Age story? Why or why not?
4. Are there any other characters in "One-Eyed Cat" who go through a Coming of Age experience? Who? Why do you think so?
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