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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 old is the "Old House?"
2. Who is opening drawers and cupboards at the society party?
3. What quickly happens to the lending library?
4. In Chapter 1, how is Old House described?
5. Who is the bank manager?
Short Essay Questions
1. 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?
2. Why is the current book mobile not acceptable to avid readers?
3. Why is Ivy Welford distraught when she looks over the shop's ledger at the end of Chapter 5?
4. Briefly describe Christine Gipping.
5. Why are the guests not expressing their true feelings about an arts centre to Mrs. Gamart?
6. How do the people in the town use the information about the oyster shed to feel powerful?
7. Why is Mr. Gill's letter, in a sense, threatening to Florence?
8. At the beginning of Chapter 3, what meal is Florence preparing for herself?
9. Why does Mr. Gill elaborate about his connection to Violet Gamart in his letter to Florence?
10. Describe Florence Green's self image.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
A main theme in The Book Shop is change. Which character changes most throughout the story? Which character changes least? Give specific details.
Essay Topic 2
Describe General Gamart and his role in the story line. Is his character absolutely essential? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 3
Mr. Brundish and Violet Gamart are both influential citizens of Hardborough. Compare and contrast these two characters. Be sure to include their personal backgrounds, character traits, and ultimate influence in the discussion.
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