When We Were Orphans Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Who causes Christopher to lower his guard?

2. What is odd about Mr. Banks's behavior in the fall that Akira is away?

3. What does Uncle Philip do every time Christopher visits his office?

4. What does Christopher think about the quality of his memory of the Shanghai garden?

5. What are the circumstances of Akira and Christopher's entry into Ling Tien's room?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Sarah tell Christopher about marriage?

2. What does Akira say when Christopher asks if his parents sometime stop talking to each other?

3. Describe the game Christopher and Akira invent.

4. Why does Christopher consider inviting Chamberlain to the Dorchester "the height of inconsideration?"

5. Who is the plump-faced man in Christopher's newspaper photograph?

6. What kinds of presents does Uncle Philip give Christopher when the boy comes to visit his office?

7. What happens after Uncle Philip leaves Christopher?

8. How is Christopher and Akira's friendship when Akira returns from Japan?

9. How does the Emery case wrap up?

10. How does Akira feel after stealing Ling Tien's lotion?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

It is a mixed blessing when Christopher finds his mother and discovers what happened to his father. Why? What does Christopher gain? What is taken away? How is he transformed?

Essay Topic 2

What is Sarah Hemmings' role in the novel? What does she represent for Christopher? At the end of the novel, Christopher wonders how her life has turned out. What do you think based on what we know about her?

Essay Topic 3

As a child Christopher revered the great Inspector Kung. As a grown man Christopher meets the Inspector and discovers he has become a disheveled old drunk. How is this a turning point for Christopher? How is Christopher's meeting with Kung a warning to him? How does it drive him forward?

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