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

2. Frank thanks Helene for her Christmas package and assures her that the items are things that ________________.

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

4. What part of the first books that Helene receives from Marks & co. is she afraid to handle?

5. How much is the first edition book Frank offers to send Helene in the fall of 1950?

Short Essay Questions

1. What terms does Helene play "girl etymologist" for Maxine, and explain?

2. Why does Cecily invite Helene to visit England?

3. What is Helene's response to Frank inquiring if she would like a first edition of Newman's Idea of a University?

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

5. How does Helene get nylons to women of Marks & Co.?

6. What is the tone of the note Helene sends with her Easter gift to Mark & Co?

7. Why is Frank's passion for old books comforting to Helene?

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

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

10. Why is Sheila going to say a "jolly good prayer" for Helene?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss how the love of language and the craft of writing are important to the people in the book on both sides of the Atlantic.

Essay Topic 2

Helene borders on rudeness in some of her exchanges with Frank. What do you think she intends to convey with this tone? Do you think Frank is ever offended by Helene's letter? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Helene admits to not being fond of fiction, yet in many ways these letters read like a novel. Discuss the "fictional" aspects of the letters.

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