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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. Helene specifically says she does not want any love poems from whom?
(a) Dickenson or Frost.
(b) Keats or Shelley.
(c) Wyatt or Jonson.
(d) Shakespeare or Wadsworth.

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

3. What does Helene send in her Christmas package to Marks & Co?
(a) A six pound ham.
(b) A dozen eggs.
(c) Sweaters and scarves.
(d) Six steaks.

4. Where would Helene have to shop for books in New York City if she didn't have Marks & Co. sending them to her door?
(a) Rockefeller Center.
(b) 17th Street.
(c) Soho.
(d) Times Square.

5. What term does Helene hope doesn't mean the same thing in England as it does in America?
(a) Madam.
(b) None is correct.
(c) Pound.
(d) Mistress.

Short Answer Questions

1. What type of place does Helene live in?

2. Where does the professor teach who first got Helene interested in good literature?

3. What does Cecily imagine Helene to look like?

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

5. Which of the following in NOT one of the bibles Marks & Co. offered Helene in place of the Bible she requested?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What news about Cecily does Nora share with Helene?

5. What does the staff of Marks & Co. send to Helene to thank her for her generosity?

6. How does Cecily describe Frank in her letter to Helene?

7. Why does Cecily write to tell Helene that no Christmas package will be necessary in 1953?

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

9. Who writes Helene to thank her for the 1951 Easter package?

10. Who gives Helene permission to print her correspondence over the years with Frank Doel?

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