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Symbolism, Setting, and Objects from When We Were Orphans

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Object Descriptions

This section provides a short description of all the major objects in the book. This can be printed out as a study guide for students, used as a "key" for leading a class discussion, or you can jump to the quiz/homework section to find worksheets that incorporate these descriptions into a variety of question formats.


The house and garden in Shaghai - This object is where Christopher played for hours on end with his best friend and next door neighbor, Akira.

The magnifying glass - This object was originally given to Christopher as a joke gift on his birthday by his school friends.

Opium - Christopher's mother is an activist campaigning against the trade of this object in China.

Bus - Sarah and Christopher ride on this object around London.

The Magic Lotion - Akira and Christopher steal this object from a servant's room.

Tea Room...

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