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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who is Molly's English teacher?
(a) Mrs. Tate.
(b) Mr. Sorenson.
(c) Mrs. Murphy.
(d) Mrs. Grote.

2. What is Molly's foster mother's profession?
(a) Advertiser.
(b) Ambulance driver.
(c) Police dispatcher.
(d) Chief Executive of a jewelry chain.

3. Where is Jack's father from?
(a) Mexico.
(b) The Dominican Republic.
(c) Haiti.
(d) Brazil.

4. What is the full name of the protagonist in Anne of Green Gables?
(a) Anne Kelley.
(b) Anne Keller.
(c) Anne Byrne.
(d) Anne Shirley.

5. What grade does Vivian say she was in school when she was orphaned?
(a) Fourth grade.
(b) Second grade.
(c) Third grade.
(d) Sixth grade.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the name that Vivian was born with?

2. According to Molly's American History teacher, what percentage of English settlers came to America as indentured servants in the seventeenth century?

3. What does Molly say turtles represent to the people of her culture?

4. How did Molly's father die?

5. Who is the author of the poem "Ode on a Grecian Urn" that Vivian recites in Section 2?

Short Essay Questions

1. What conversation takes place between Vivian and Dutchy on the orphan train in Minneapolis?

2. What foreshadowing can be seen through the meeting of Molly and Vivian in the beginning of the novel?

3. How does Vivian trigger the beginning of Molly's transformation of character in Section 2?

4. What transition occurs when Molly opens the first box in the attic in Section 2? How does the narrative style of the novel change?

5. What are Molly's first impressions of the attic when she is taken there in Section 2? Who leads Molly to this area of Vivian's house?

6. Describe the process of adoption from the orphan trains. What stands out the most to you about the depictions of these transactions in the novel?

7. What happens when the orphan train stops in Minneapolis, Minnesota, according to Vivian's narrative in Section 2? Who is adopted at this stop?

8. Discuss the literary allusions in the novel. What two literary works are referenced repeatedly? What do these books have in common with the characters of Orphan train?

9. How is the theme of identity illustrated through Vivian's narratives of the past in Section 2?

10. Where does Vivian meet Dutchy? What is foreshadowed through their first meeting in the novel?

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