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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. What does Mrs. Grote do all the time when Vivian arrives at the Grotes' home?
(a) She sews all the time.
(b) She cooks all the time.
(c) She drinks all the time.
(d) She sleeps all the time.

2. Consider the following sentence from Section 4: "As the years have passed, [Vivian's] losses have piled on one another like layers of shale." What literary device is used in this sentence?
(a) Simile.
(b) Metaphor.
(c) Hyperbole.
(d) Allegory.

3. How many students are in the classroom with Vivian at her new school when she lives with the Grotes?
(a) 23.
(b) 5.
(c) 16.
(d) 10.

4. What Penobscot word means "thank you"?
(a) Squash.
(b) Woliwoni.
(c) M'teoulin.
(d) Kwai kwai.

5. When is Mrs. Grote due to have a baby in 1930?
(a) March.
(b) August.
(c) September.
(d) July.

Short Answer Questions

1. What kind of animal does Lori remind Molly of, according to the narrator in Section 3?

2. How far does Vivian walk from the Grotes' home to the schoolhouse after she's been kicked out?

3. What were the names of Vivian's brothers that died in the tenement fire in 1929?

4. What Shakespearean play does Vivian quote when she says, "Who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him?"

5. How is the Grotes home described when Vivian first arrives there?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Vivian think of the school that she begins attending while staying with the Grotes in Section 3?

2. Who adopts Vivian after she leaves the Byrnes' home in Section 3? What are the motivations of this couple?

3. Who is Molly's social worker? What conversation does Molly have with her social worker in Section 3?

4. Why do the Nielsens ask Vivian to change her name in Section 4? How does Vivian respond?

5. What are Mr. Sorenson's impressions of Vivian's story about leaving the Grotes' home in Section 4?

6. Why does Molly go to the library in Section 4? What does she discover through her research there?

7. What are the psychological impacts on Vivian from her experiences at the Grotes' home?

8. What are your thoughts on the portrayal of sexual molestation in the novel?

9. What are some of the historical aspects of Orphan Train that are presented in Section 3?

10. What information does Mr. Sorenson relate when he returns in Section 4? What are Vivian's options at this point?

(see the answer keys)

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