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

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

3. Where does Christopher find Inspector Kung?

4. Who does Yellow Snake turn out to be?

5. How is Christopher's mother when he finds her?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

In chapter sixteen, Sarah urges Christopher to run away with her to Macao. What does Macao represent? Why is Macao particularly enticing to Christopher when Sarah asks him? On an emotional level, what prevents Christopher from making it there?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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