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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 does Marks & Co. specialize in?

2. What essays did Marks & Co. tell Helene would be difficult to find in her first letter from the booksellers?

3. What does Frank do with books that have no covers?

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

5. Helene says that from where she sits, London is a lot closer than _____________.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Helene apologize to the London booksellers for on behalf of America?

3. What information does Frank's wife Nora share in her first letter to Helene?

4. Why is Helene concerned that Frank may be ripping pages out of books?

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

6. What prompts Frank's wife Nora to write Helene for the first time?

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

8. What does the staff of Marks & Co. do with the 1951 Christmas package Helene sends?

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

10. What news about Megan and Cecily does Frank share in 1964?

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 the unspoken stories that lie beneath the surface of the letters, which encompass so many people over so many 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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