A Long Way Home Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Saroo Brierley
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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. In Chapter 1 after Saroo was adopted, how long did it take for him to be able to explain that a train took him to Calcutta?

2. In Chapter 6 in 1987, how many children in India under the age of ten died from illness or starvation?

3. In Chapter 5, how old was Saroo when his parents adopted another child from India?

4. What issues did Saroo have when he arrived in Australia in Chapter 5?

5. In Chapter 4, how many homeless kids did Saroo say there were in Kolkata?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 2, what did Saroo say about his mother and father?

2. In Chapter 5, how did Saroo interact with his new parents at the airport in Melbourne?

3. In the Prologue, what conversation did Saroo have with a man near the place where his family lived?

4. In Chapter 1, who did Saroo's new parents know who helped Saroo adjust to his new home?

5. In Chapter 3, what happened when Saroo almost drowned in the river?

6. In Chapter 4, where did Saroo travel to get to his new home?

7. In Chapter 1, how did Saroo's adoptive mother try to help Saroo feel at home with her and her husband?

8. In Chapter 4, how did Saroo get invited to someone's home after he quit hanging around the railway station?

9. In Chapter 6, what happened to Sue Brierly's father?

10. In Chapter 5, how did Saroo describe his new country?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When the author visited his Indian family, he learned that his brother Guddu had died. How did the author feel when he learned of his brother’s death? Why did the grief overwhelm him so much when the death had happened so long ago?

Essay Topic 2

The author could have died on the streets of Calcutta. How did Saroo survive, and what did his survival have to do with salvation?

Essay Topic 3

There was a Hindu saying that “Everything is written” (217). What does that saying mean? What do Hindu’s believe about destiny? Why does the author believe that everything that happened to him was his destiny?

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