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 admit to Mr. Scully on another trip to see the man?

2. What does Ned feel about himself?

3. Where does Ned go on the way to school?

4. What does Ned find as he sits at his secret place and looks out at the countryside?

5. What does Evelyn tell Ned about an abandoned house?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Mama tell Ned about something she did when Ned was three?

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

3. What happens on the first day December and what does Ned see?

4. With whom does Ned get into a fight and why?

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

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

7. What is Mama's good news and how does Ned respond?

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

9. What changes does Ned find at Mr. Scully's home one day?

10. What are Uncle Hilary's newest plans as outlined in a letter the Willis family receives?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ned is an only child, as contrasted to his friend, Evelyn Kimball, who has several siblings. Discuss the following:

1. Research the theory of how birth order impacts the personality development of a person. Relate your research to Ned's life and personality in "One-Eyed Cat".

2. Compare/contrast Evelyn Kimball to Ned as regard their birth order and the number of siblings they each have (or do not have). Do you think the differences between the two characters can be partially accounted for because of their birth order and/or number of children in their families? Explain fully.

3. Write an essay comparing your personality to that of Ned's and theorize as to whether you think the similarities and/or differences of your birth orders and sibling numbers have anything to do with your similarities and/or differences.

Essay Topic 2

Most protagonists are a mixture of admirable traits and character flaws, and Ned and other characters are no exceptions. Discuss the following:

1. Trace and analyze situations when Ned demonstrates his admirable qualities. Give specific examples to illustrate your analysis. Compare those to situations where he demonstrates his less-than-admirable traits.

2. Trace and analyze situations when two other minor protagonists demonstrate his/her admirable qualities. Give specific examples to illustrate your analysis. Compare those to situations where s/he demonstrates her less-than-admirable traits.

3. Often the antagonist is a mixture of positive and negative traits (if they are human) or positive and negative aspects if the protagonist is a thing, event, animal, etc... Trace and analyze situations when an antagonist demonstrates positive aspects. Give specific examples to illustrate your analysis. Compare those to situations where the antagonist demonstrates less-than-admirable aspects.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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