The Cat Who Turned on and Off Test | Mid-Book 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 Qwilleran question Miss Duckworth about when she found the body of Glanz?

2. Where is Iris Cobb's apartment she offers Qwilleran?

3. What seems to have no explanation at the crime scene?

4. What does Miss Duckworth talk Qwilleran into buying?

5. What is the gossip about the finial?

Short Essay Questions

1. Discuss the relationship between Qwilleran and his cats.

2. What information bombshell does Sylvia Katzenhide inadvertently drop when Qwilleran calls on her?

3. What startling suggestion does Qwilleran offer Mary regarding Andy's death?

4. What does Qwilleran learn about a tape recorded while having dinner with Iris and C. C.?

5. Explain the deciding factor for Qwilleran to take the apartment.

6. In what way is Mary Duxbury (aka Mary Duckworth) a typical femme fatale in the novel?

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

8. How does Iris Cobb evaluate Andy Glanz?

9. What questions are raised in the mind of the reader when the Mackintosh Coat of Arms is introduced?

10. When Qwilleran sees Mary again, why is see cool and distant like she was when he first met her?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In two or more type written double spaced pages, write an essay on "Why I Thought [another character] Was the Murderer". Braun cleverly intersperses enough red herrings that almost any of the characters might have been the murderer. Pick out one other than Ben Nicolas and detail the mystery around that character that pointed to his or her possible guilt.

Essay Topic 2

In two or more type written double spaced pages, write an essay on Braun's Use of Red Herrings in "The Cat Who Turned On and Off". Red herrings are stock in trade for mystery writers who put them in the plot to keep the reader guessing. Find at least three red herrings in the novel and explain how they are used to make the reader suspect different characters of actually being the murderer.

Essay Topic 3

In two or more type written double spaced pages, write an essay on "Double Standards of Morality". Using Glanz as an example, discuss his double standards from an apparent high moral ground to clandestine sexual affairs, concealing ill-gotten money, and passing moral judgments on others.

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