When We Were Orphans Test | Final 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. What does Kung remember about the house his men could not gain entry to?

2. What are the date and location of Part V?

3. What does Sarah say is all part of what Shanghai's all about?

4. How does Akira respond when he enters the house of the blind man?

5. Why does Christopher's driver stop when they are looking for the blind actor's house?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Jennifer's proposal for herself and Christopher?

2. How does Christopher feel about his reunion with Akira?

3. Describe Christopher's return to his childhood home.

4. What happens at the consulate when Christopher asks to meet with Mr. MacDonald?

5. What odd habit does Christopher observe in the people of Shanghai?

6. What vital clue does Kung reveal to Christopher?

7. What happens to Christopher as he is finishing his lunch on the day he is to leave for Macao?

8. Describe Christopher's reunion with his mother.

9. Describe the Inn of Morning Happiness.

10. How does Christopher spend his afternoon before meeting up with Sarah and Sir Cecil at the Lucky Chance Club?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

What role does detection play in WHEN WE WERE ORPHANS? What inherent qualities in Christopher's character do you think lead him to this career choice? How do his family circumstances shape him as a detective?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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