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. 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. What does Helene do when she received the first edition from Frank in 1950?

3. Which of the following is NOT one of the Christian relatives Helene describes when explaining her views on the Latin Bible?

4. What kind of England does Helene dream of finding?

5. Cecily sends Helene photos that show her husband is what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

5. What is the tone of Helene's reply to Maxine's letter describing Marks & Co.?

6. How does Frank respond to Helene's jokingly asking for prayers for the Brooklyn Dodgers playing in the World Series that year?

7. What does Nora reveal to Helene that Frank chastises her for?

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

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

10. What mistake is Helene afraid she made by sending a ham in her Christmas package to Marks & Co.?

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

Discuss how the world of books is just as real to Helene as the world in which she lives.

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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