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

2. Why does Helene fear her library card will be revoked?

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

4. Whose diary does Helene request Frank send her to help her through the long winter evenings?

5. What does Marks & Co. specialize in?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What do Frank and the rest of the Marks & Co. staff send to Helene as a token of their appreciation for the care packages?

3. What does Helene tell Cecily is her reason for loving books?

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

5. Why does Cecily write to tell Helene that no Christmas package will be necessary in 1953?

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

7. What news about his daughter, Sheila, does Frank share with Helene in 1963?

8. What does Helene think of the first books she receives from Marks & Co. versus the books she buys in America?

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

10. Why does Cecily invite Helene to visit England?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

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

Are Frank and Helene opposites or just two sides of the same coin? Explain your answer using specific events in the book to compare/contrast Frank and Helene.

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