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 is Russell doing when Qwilleran drops in?

2. Between the bidding, what does Qwilleran hear at the auction?

3. What is one supernatural theory about Glanz death?

4. What does Miss Duckworth talk Qwilleran into buying?

5. Who deos Qwilleran find at the house on the end of the street?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Discuss the relationship between Qwilleran and his cats.

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

5. What happens to prevent Iris from reading Qwilleran's palm?

6. How does Patch refute the suggestion that he was fired by Andy Glanz for drinking.

7. How does Qwilleran learn more about Mary Duckworth?

8. Describe Qwilleran's feelings about Ben Nicolas.

9. After feeding the cats, what disappoints Qwilleran?

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

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 "Qwilleran's Character as a Lover of Cats". Three questions should be answered in your essay: (1) Does Qwilleran's affinity to his cats make him appear weak? (2) Does his care for Koko and Yum Yum transfer over into his concern for people? (3) Does Qwilleran overestimate the ability of his cats to help him find clues?

Essay Topic 2

In two or more type written double spaced pages, write an essay on "Why Innocent Characters Must Be Suspects in a Mystery Novel". From Braun's novel, use Hollis Krantz, Iris Cobb, and Mary Duckworth as potential murderers within the novel.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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