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Helene Hanff
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which of the following is NOT one of the Christian relatives Helene describes when explaining her views on the Latin Bible?
(a) Baptist mother.
(b) Catholic sister-in-law.
(c) Methodist sister-in-law.
(d) Presbyterian cousins.

2. Helene is afraid the Easter Bunny will find that Frank has died of ____________.
(a) Greed.
(b) Boredom.
(c) Inertia.
(d) Gluttony.

3. What part of the first books that Helene receives from Marks & co. is she afraid to handle?
(a) Dead-white pages.
(b) Soft vellum and heavy cream-colored pages.
(c) Stiff cardboardy covers.
(d) Expensive wrapping.

4. Cecily invites Helene to stay with her parents where?
(a) Tuscany.
(b) Middlesex.
(c) London.
(d) Manchester.

5. Where does the professor teach who first got Helene interested in good literature?
(a) Harvard.
(b) Cornell.
(c) Cambridge.
(d) Oxford.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Frank sign off in most his letters to Helene?

2. Where did Helene see the ad for Marks & Co., prompting her to write them?

3. Cecily sends Helene photos that show her husband is what?

4. What does Helene joke that the proprietors of Marks & Co. should inform the Church of England about?

5. What does Cecily imagine Helene to look like?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Helene tell Cecily is her reason for loving books?

2. How does Helene describe herself in her letter to Cecily?

3. Why does Helene joke with Frank about the British occupation of New York from 1776 through 1783?

4. Why doesn't Helene hear from Frank the first two months of 1958?

5. Why does Helene Hanff write the first letter to the proprietors of the Marks & Co. bookstore in London, England?

6. How does Helene learn that the other employees of Mark & Co are curious about her?

7. What terms does Helene play "girl etymologist" for Maxine, and explain?

8. What are Helene's friend Maxine's impressions when she visits Marks & Co. in London?

9. What doesn't Helene like about the New Testaments sent to her by Marks & Co?

10. What does Nora reveal to Helene after Frank dies?

(see the answer keys)

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