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. How does Christopher's morning meeting with MacDonald go?

2. How does Kung respond when Christopher identifies himself as a long time fan?

3. Where do Morgan and Christopher go?

4. What makes it difficult to recognize Uncle Philip when Christopher reunites with him?

5. What do the Japanese soldiers do with Christopher?

Short Essay Questions

1. What vital clue does Kung reveal to Christopher?

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

3. Describe Christopher's encounter with Sarah and Sir Cecil at the Lucky Chance Club.

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

5. How is Christopher treated at the police station?

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

7. How does the man driving Christopher to meet Sarah prove to be very useful?

8. What does Christopher learn about Inspector Kung from Morgan?

9. Describe the Inn of Morning Happiness.

10. At Christopher's welcome party, what is the crowd's response to the explosion heard outside?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay exploring the development of Christopher Banks. What is the reader led to believe about him at first? What things does Christopher say that encourage the reader to look at him differently? Is he a reliable narrator? How much more does the reader know about Christopher at the end of the novel?

Essay Topic 2

Social distinctions play a prominent role in WHEN WE WERE ORPHANS. Discuss how Ishiguro uses social distinctions to advance the plot and to define relationships between characters. Use examples from Shanghai and Britain.

Essay Topic 3

By the end of the novel the reader has traveled with Christopher backwards and forwards in time and from Shanghai to London and back. Starting at the earliest point in time, describe Christopher's journey? Make sure your account has a beginning, middle and end. Having put the story in chronological order, do you understand anything new about the novel?

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