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 remark of Qwilleran's makes Mary uncomfortable?

2. What idea does Qwilleran get about a subject for the writing contest?

3. What does Miss Duckworth agree to give Qwilleran to use in his newspaper article?

4. What is the customer like who enters Ben's shop while Qwilleran is there?

5. What is odd about the wall in the apartment Iris shows Qwilleran?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does the author use conversation at the auction to introduce the main complications of the plot?

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

4. What is Riker's advice to Qwilleran after he tells the editor about the mysterious circumstances surrounding Andy's death?

5. Discuss the relationship between Qwilleran and his cats.

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

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

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

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

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

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 "How Qwilleran is Portrayed as a Cat Lover". Use in your essay the following: (1) Qwilleran will not rent an apartment unless cats are permitted to live there, (2) the special food Qwilleran is always bringing to his felines, and (3) the way Qwilleran talks to the cats and his interpretations of things they bring him to see.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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