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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. About what does Ned ask Mrs. Kinball?
2. Where does Ned tell Papa he wants to go?
3. What is different about the letter Ned receives from his uncle?
4. Where does Evelyn Kimball's father work?
5. How does Hilary intend to get to his next destination?
Short Essay Questions
1. What changes take place for the Kimball family?
2. Who does Ned meet at Mr. Scully's house one day after Mr. Scully is gone and what does she tell him?
3. What does Ned's mama "confess" to Ned?
4. What does Ned's father notice as Ned and he are trimming the Christmas tree and what happens?
5. What will Mr. Willis start doing for Mr. Scully and why?
6. What happens when Ned goes to visit Mr. Scully again?
7. What does Ned learn from Mama about Mrs. Scallop and Mr. Scully?
8. What does Ned learn about the Makepeace mansion?
9. What does Ned bring down from the attic and what is inside it?
10. After he recovers from his illness, where does Ned often go and what does he do there?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
Many novels, including "One-Eyed Cat", end on a happy note. Discuss the following:
1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?
2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of "One-Eyed Cat" and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why "One-Eyed Cat" is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.
3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?
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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