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. While pondering a case in Kensington Gardens, Christopher runs in to which character?

2. What does Roger Brenthurst say about Christopher in high school?

3. Where do Christopher and Sarah converse at the end of the Meredith Foundation dinner?

4. What prevents Christopher from developing the level of intimacy with his English school friends that he developed with Akira?

5. What does Sarah say to Christopher about the Foundation dinner?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Uncle Philip set the stage for Christopher's mother's abduction?

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

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

4. Who is Uncle Philip?

5. Describe an instance of Mr. Banks boasting.

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

7. How does Christopher receive his magnifying glass?

8. Describe Christopher's reunion with Colonel Chamberlain.

9. What are Christopher's earliest encounters with Sarah like?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Most of the novel takes place in London and Shanghai. Compare and contrast these settings. How does Ishiguro use this contrast to develop themes? What are they?

Essay Topic 2

Who is Sir Cecil Medhurst? What does he represent to Christopher? How does his demise change the direction of Christopher Bank's future?

Essay Topic 3

Christopher's mother is one of the most prominent figures in his life both before and after her abduction. What qualities does Christopher inherit from his mother? How do these very qualities prevent him from giving up on finding her? How is Christopher's relationship with his mother transformed by her abduction? How is it transformed by her rescue?

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