The Book Shop Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Names are sometimes symbolic. How is Hardborough, the town's name, used as a symbol?

Hardborough is symbolic of the isolated seaside town's struggle to survive as the 1960s arrive. It also symbolizes Florence's hardships as she tries to establish the town's bookshop.

2. Florence Green is facing a major decision about using her inheritance to open the bookshop. What factors must she consider before she decides the action she should take?

Mrs. Green must take into consideration the comments made by the banker. He feels that the town will not receive the bookshop's opening favorably. She does have experience with books because she worked years earlier in a book store. However, running a business takes money and courage, and Florence must decide if she has an abundance of both.

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