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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 street in London does Helene tell Cecily she is longing to walk down?

2. How much is Helene willing to spend on each book from Marks & Co.?

3. What is the complete name of the anthology Helene requests Frank send her in late 1950?

4. What year is the Volume II of the Works and Life of Sir Walter Savage Landor that is sent to Helene published?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Why does Frank drop the "Miss" in his salutation to Helene in the February 14, 1952 letter?

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

8. Why does Helene's request from the British booksellers decrease by 1968?

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

10. Why does Nora wish she and Frank owned their own bookshop?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The death of Frank marks the end of many things for Helene and the beginning of others. Discuss how Helene must have felt about Frank's death and what changes that it brought to her life.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Cecily and the rest of the bookstore employees are intrigued about Helene. Discuss what ideas they have about Helene and if their images of her are correct.

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