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 is Florence's lawyer?

2. At the beginning of the story, what does Hardborough lack?

3. What adjective describes the society party's guests?

4. Who wants to use the Old House as an arts center?

5. Who is Wally?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Hardborough's citizens. Would they make good neighbors? Are they open to change?

2. Why does Mr. Gill elaborate about his connection to Violet Gamart in his letter to Florence?

3. What happens during "ten minutes on a Tuesday morning the the end of March?"

4. How does Mrs. Gamart try to persuade Florence to rethink her decision to establish the shop?

5. According to Ivy Welford, what is the purpose of a business ledger? What effect does Ivy's comment have on Florence?

6. Why is Mr. Deben following Florence to the kissing-gate?

7. Who is Ivy Welford? How does she interact with Florence?

8. Why is Ivy Welford distraught when she looks over the shop's ledger at the end of Chapter 5?

9. Why is Florence not hosting a grand opening for The Old House Bookshop?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain how Milo North has been Florence's adversary from the beginning of the story. Have his actions been purposefully directed at Florence, or are they simply by-products of his toxic personality?

Essay Topic 2

What is the parallel between the filing of the horse's teeth in Chapter 1 and the outcome of Florence's business at the end of the story?

Essay Topic 3

Explain Violet Gamart's role as an antagonist in the story. Contrast her actions and motives with those of the protagonist.

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