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. How does Christopher describe Miss Givens's smiles?

2. According to Chamberlain, what will happen to young Christopher if he remains in Shanghai much longer?

3. What game do Christopher and Akira invent?

4. What does Christopher's mother say when he rushes to the door?

5. What does Christopher conclude happened to Charles Emory?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Sarah Hemmings treat Christopher at the Mayfair flat?

2. What does Akira believe about Ling Tien?

3. Describe two examples of what Christopher refers to as "someone disapproving him and only just managing to conceal it."

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

5. How is Christopher's relationship with Mei Li transformed by his mother's abduction?

6. How does Christopher spend his time in the summer of 1923?

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

8. Describe the game Christopher and Akira invent.

9. How does Christopher receive his magnifying glass?

10. How does Christopher tend to remember his boyhood companion Akira?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The motif of the outsider is featured in WHEN WE WERE ORPHANS. Choose three scenes from the novel where Ishiguro uses this motif to advance the plot and develop characters. How is this done?

Essay Topic 2

Choose three examples of Christopher's perception of himself clashing with others' perception of him. What is the effect of this perception gap? Why do you think Ishiguro uses this device?

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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