The Cat Who Turned on and Off Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Discuss the common theme of a series of novels that includes "The Cat Who Turned On and Off".

These novels by Lilian Jackson Braun involve a reporter named Qwilleran and his two cats, Koko and Yum Yum. In each of the novels, the cats--especially Koko--help Qwilleran solve complicated murder mysteries.

2. Describe how Qwilleran comes up with the idea of writing a feature called "Christmas in Junktown."

He gets the idea when Yum Yum keeps depositing junk in his lap that she digs out of the trashcan. Junktown gets its name from the large number of second-hand and antique dealers who have set up shop there.

3. How is the cab driver's conversation with Qwilleran on the way to Junktown a foreshadowing of the novel?

The cab driver has nothing good to say about the area, telling Qwilleran it was filled with drug dealers. He warns Qwilleran to stay clear of that area. As the novel progresses, murder and drug dealing play a great part in the narrative.

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