84, Charing Cross Road Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Helene Hanff
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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 term does Helene hope doesn't mean the same thing in England as it does in America?

2. What type of place does Helene live in?

3. What was the name of the professor who first got Helene interested in books?

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

5. How does Helene feel about the first edition that Frank sends in 1950?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why won't Helene send her payments in money orders instead of cash as the booksellers have requested?

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

6. What happens to Helene's home in 1956?

7. Where does Helene get her books during the long silence from Mark & Co at the beginning of 1950?

8. What does Helene think of the first books she receives from Marks & Co. versus the books she buys in America?

9. Why does Helene need to stop purchasing books in 1961?

10. What does Frank credit the increase in tourism to in 1965?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss how a simple request for books that is the basis of the letters becomes a respectful relationship that grows through the years. Do you think the same sort of relationships grow out of emails between strangers in today's society? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss how Helene's relationship with the bookshop employees deepens and extends to include other people over the years.

Essay Topic 3

Helene Hanff was surprised by how well her book of letters was received, claiming it was just a little book of "business correspondence." Do you think this is how she really felt about it? Why or why not? Support your answer fully.

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