The Cat Who Turned on and Off Test | Final 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. On Christmas Eve how does Koko keep distracting Qwilleran?

2. What is The Lion's Tail?

3. Who was the only one who had read Andy's novel?

4. In a conversation with Mary, what does Qwilleran avoid doing?

5. What is the result of Qwilleran's efforts to track down Andy's manuscript?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who does Qwilleran suspect the drug dealer to be?

2. What does Riker tell Qwilleran about his writing when Qwilleran drops in at the Fluxion office?

3. What does Qwilleran find in Nicolas's apartment after he has a meal with him?

4. Explain who Qwilleran suspects of having gone to the Ellsworth House.

5. What does Qwilleran learn from reading the manuscript that explains the calls for horse braces?

6. After going to the Garrick Theatre with Ben, what does Qwilleran observe at the bar called The Lion's Tail?

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

8. What is the evidence Qwilleran discovers outside the Ellsworth House?

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

10. Why does Mary seem much happier when Qwilleran sees her after C. C.'s murder?

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 "A Comparison Between a Newspaper Reporter and a Crime Detective". Include in your essay (1) what they have in common, (2) how they are different, and (3) which, in your opinion, is more interesting to read about--the professional or the amateur.

Essay Topic 2

In two or more type written double spaced pages, write an essay on "Why I Like [or Don't Like] Mystery Novels". This is an opinion piece. It calls for you to give detailed reasons for your choice. It raises questions about the literary value of a mystery novel that you should express your opinion on. Your essay will be evaluated on the strength of your arguments and the way you express them.

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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