When We Were Orphans Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does the Japanese soldier Christopher come upon turn out to be?

2. Where does Christopher find Inspector Kung?

3. Where do Morgan and Christopher go?

4. How is the girl's Chinese?

5. What is Sir Cecil's state of mind at the Lucky Chance Club?

Essay 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

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 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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