Orphan Train Test | Final Test - Hard

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

2. Where in Ireland does Mrs. Murphy say her family is from when she meets Vivian?

3. What does the narrator describe as "Ralph's favorite activity" in Section 4?

4. What word is used in Section 3 to describe "a stew of diced meat, onion, and vegetables, with mustard, ginger, and vinegar"?

5. What are the names of the two delivery boys that work at Nielsen's store when Vivian begins living with the Nielsens?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Vivian's meeting with the Nielsens described in Section 4? What agreement do the Nielsens reach regarding Vivian?

2. What similarities between Vivian and Molly are illustrated in Section 3?

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

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

5. What is significant about Molly's defense of the Native Americans in her American History class in Section 4?

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

7. What assignment is Molly given in her American History class in Section 3? How does Molly intend to approach the assignment?

8. What are Vivian's impressions of her temporary home after she has left the Grotes' home in Section 4?

9. What causes the Byrnes' financial problems in Section 3? How does this impact Vivian?

10. What causes Molly to leave her foster home in Section 4? Where does Molly intend to go after leaving?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the narrative styles of the Prologue and the main body of the book. How does the Prologue differ from the novel itself in terms of narration? Why do you think the author chose to narrate the Prologue in this manner? How do the narrative transitions work in the main body of the novel?

Essay Topic 2

Analyze and discuss the character of Vivian Daly in Orphan Train. What function do you think Vivian plays in the story? Is Vivian a protagonist, antagonist, or catalyst? What effect does Vivian have on Molly? What are the admirable qualities of Vivian’s character? How does Vivian’s character differ in the contemporary timeline (as a 91-year-old-woman) from her depiction as a child in 1929?

Essay Topic 3

Analyze and discuss the character of Molly as the protagonist of Orphan Train. What does the exposition in the beginning of the novel reveal about Molly’s past? How has Molly been affected by living in foster care? How does Molly perceive her foster parents? What emotional defenses do you see in Molly’s character?

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