The Book Shop Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Who has driven screws into the wall of the library?

2. In what decade does the story begin?

3. What property is given as an alternative site for the book store?

4. Who is the bank manager?

5. How does the bank manager react to Mrs. Green's loan request?

Short Essay Questions

1. What statement does Mr. Keble make that is an insult to Florence Green's intelligence? How does she react?

2. What does Florence realize at the beginning of Chapter 5?

3. Does Christine take her new job as book shop helper seriously? Give appropriate examples to support your answer.

4. Why is the current book mobile not acceptable to avid readers?

5. How do the people in the town use the information about the oyster shed to feel powerful?

6. Why are the books arranged to the front of the shelves?

7. Why is Mr. Gill's letter, in a sense, threatening to Florence?

8. The heron and the eel are in a struggle for survival in mid-air. How does this struggle relate to Florence Green's inner conflict?

9. At the gathering, Is Lord Gosfield vocal about his support for Violet Gamart? Give appropriate details to support your answer.

10. Briefly describe Christine Gipping.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Stereotyping is a motif in The Bookshop. Discuss at least two instances where stereotyping appears. Who does it affect? How does the stereotyping in that part of the story drive the plot?

Essay Topic 2

Mr. Brundish falls dead in the street after his visit to Mrs. Gamart. Does his death foreshadow the fate of the Old House? What analogy can be drawn from his death, the death of the Old House, and the death of Hardborough.

Essay Topic 3

Describe General Gamart and his role in the story line. Is his character absolutely essential? Why or why not?

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