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. In what month is Vivian's birthday?

2. What does Vivian's teacher give to her for her birthday in 1930?

3. What animal is Mr. Nielsen compared to when his character is first introduced in the novel?

4. What is the name of Vivian's fifth-grade teacher at the new school she attends after moving in with the Nielsens?

5. Who is the first of the seamstresses that Mrs. Byrne lets go from employment after the stock market crash?

Short Essay Questions

1. How are Vivian's teenage years described while living with the Nielsens in Section 4?

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

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

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

5. What are the benefits that both Molly and Vivian incur as a result of Vivian's stories in Section 4?

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

7. What are Vivian's first impressions of the Grotes' home in Section 3? What are the Grotes like?

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

9. What leads up to Vivian's dismissal from the Grotes' home in Section 3? When does this occur?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What does the term “Irish Diaspora” mean? When did the most Irish immigrants arrive in the United States? How did Anti-Irish sentiment in the U.S. originate and evolve? How is Anti-Irish sentiment illustrated in Orphan Train?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the theme of identity in Orphan Train. What symbolic objects in the story symbolize “self” or “identity” to Vivian and to Molly? How do both Vivian and Molly’s identities change in the course of the narrative? What are some examples of these changes?

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