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. Who is the mysterious and beautiful owner of the Blue Dragon?

2. What is the Daily Fluxion?

3. How do Qwilleran's words and manner affect Miss Duckworth?

4. What is Qwilleran doing when Iris Cobb enters his room?

5. What does Qwilleran dream about after his visit with Miss Duckworth?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Mary Duckworth's confession to Qwilleran?

2. What other mystery does Koko uncover at the end of the novel?

3. What happens to Qwilleran as he leaves Ben Nicolas' shop?

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

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

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

7. How does Yum Yum contribute to the mystery?

8. How does Qwilleran mistake the source of the things Koko brings to him?

9. What is interesting about the pattern of the sole of Russell Patch's boots?

10. What does Yum Yum show Qwilleran and where was it?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In two or more type written double spaced pages, write an essay on "The Value of Mystery Novels as Escapism in Literature". Define escapism, point out how mystery stories put readers into situations they are unlikely to experience in real life, and compare mystery stories to word games and puzzles as a diversion.

Essay Topic 2

In two or more type written double spaced pages, write an essay on the topic, "I Believe that the Novel Would [or Would Not] Make a Good Movie". Express your opinion as to (1) whether a movie of the novel would have enough action to make it good, (2) how difficult or easy would it be to maintain suspense in a screenplay, and (3) what would be the most difficult part about filming the story? [Hint: Getting cats to do what you want them to do.]

Essay Topic 3

In two or more type written double spaced pages, write an essay on "How to Look for Clues in a Mystery Novel". Using examples from the novel, discuss (1) how important clues such as the pot bellied stove are introduced in a trivial manner, (2) how to spot red herrings like Mary's disturbing phone calls, and (3) how to formulate theories in the same manner the detectives in the novel do.

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