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 killings does Christopher ask MacDonald about?

2. How does Christopher feel about his chances of bringing his case in Shanghai to a happy conclusion?

3. How does Christopher know when he has found the blind man's house?

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

5. Where does Christopher ask his driver to point him?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Uncle Philip offer Christopher at the end of their meeting?

3. Describe Christopher's reunion with his mother.

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

5. Describe the Inn of Morning Happiness.

6. Describe Christopher and Akira's entry into Yeh Chen's house.

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

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

9. How is Christopher treated at the police station?

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

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

Kazuo Ishiguro is very specific about dates and years In WHEN WE WERE ORPHANS. Why is specificity of time crucial to the story? What does it reveal about the narrator? How does it affect the reader? How does this specificity contrast with Christopher's highly subjective memories of his past?

Essay Topic 3

WHEN WE WERE ORPHANS is written in first person. Why is this the most effective choice for Ishiguro's purposes? Discuss the impact of first person on character and story development.

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