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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 in NOT one of the bibles Marks & Co. offered Helene in place of the Bible she requested?
(a) Latin New Testament.
(b) Hebrew Bible.
(c) Latin Bible.
(d) Greek New Testament.

2. What does Helene do for a living?
(a) Shop girl.
(b) Teacher.
(c) Writer.
(d) Librarian.

3. How does Frank sign off in most his letters to Helene?
(a) Yours faithfully.
(b) Regards.
(c) Sincerely.
(d) With highest regard.

4. What does Cecily imagine Helene to look like?
(a) Matronly.
(b) Studious.
(c) Young and sophisticated.
(d) Very stylish.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Where would Helene have to shop for books in New York City if she didn't have Marks & Co. sending them to her door?

2. When does Frank sign his first letter to Helene with his full name instead of initials?

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

4. Who helps Helene translate British pounds into American dollars?

5. What does Helene send in her Christmas package to Marks & Co?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Helene chastise Frank for in September of 1952?

2. What is Helene doing for a living in 1964?

3. What does Helene apologize about in her letter to Cecily?

4. Why does Helene lose her job as a TV script writer?

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

6. Why does Helene inquire about the rations in London in a letter to Marks & Co?

7. How does Helene respond when Cecily expresses concern for how much Helene spends on the care packages she sends?

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

9. Why is Helene so thrilled to receive Walton's Lives from Frank in 1952?

10. Why does Helene have to stall her travel plans to England in 1953?

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