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. Where does Christopher meet Sarah on the day they are to leave?

2. What kind of music does the French pianist play?

3. What becomes of Inspector Kung?

4. What does Christopher apologize to Jennifer for?

5. What does Uncle Philip ask Christopher to do?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What does Christopher do after he is certain he and Akira have not been pursued?

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

7. What does Uncle Philip say happened to Christopher's parents?

8. How is Christopher treated at the police station?

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

10. What vital clue does Kung reveal to Christopher?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

What role does Christopher's relationship with Akira play in the story? How does it evolve? How does it shape the man Christopher becomes?

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