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. Cecily Farr asks Helene to keep her letter a secret from whom?

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

3. Cecily's first letter to Helene describes Frank as being ___________.

4. How is the first letter Helene receives from Marks & Co. signed?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Helene respond when Cecily expresses concern for how much Helene spends on the care packages she sends?

2. What is written in the first letter Helene receives from Marks & Co. bookstore?

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

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

5. Why is Helene upset about the Pepys' Diary sent to her?

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

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

8. Who gives Helene permission to print her correspondence over the years with Frank Doel?

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

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

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 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 3

What does Helene mean when she says she developed her "peculiar taste in books" from a Cambridge professor? Do you think she actually met this person in the library or "fell over" his book? Do you think she means literally "fell over" or metaphorically?

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