The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street 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. Ms. Hanff and Mr. Buckley then drove around the city and saw what?

2. First they visited the home of two elderly sisters whose house, Ms. Hanff learned, had once been haunted by a ghost who would grow upset when?

3. Who are Nora and Sheila Doel?

4. On Wednesday, June 30, Ms. Hanff received what while attempting to eat her breakfast?

5. From there, Ms. Hanff and Mr. Buckley went to _________ where Mr. Buckley had once been a student and saw an historic wall where many of the past students had their names carved upon graduation, including Shelley.

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Ms. Hanff's book called "84, Charring Cross Road?"

2. What happened when Ms. Hanff was back in her rooms.

3. What does Ms. Hanff do for most of the day on Tuesday, June 29? Why?

4. Where did Pat Buckley take Ms. Hanff that had a connection to Shakespeare? What did Ms. Hanff think of this?

5. What did Ms. Hanff do with Joyce Grenfell and her husband?

6. How were Ms. Hanff's friends from Texas different in London? What did Ms. Hanff feel about this?

7. What did Ms. Hanff do at Russell Square?

8. What did the Colonel and Ms. Hanff do on the way to Stratford-on-Avon?

9. How did Mr. Buckley embarrass Ms. Hanff?

10. What did Ms. Hanff and Mr. Buckley do first when they drove to Windsor?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ms. Hanff makes a faux pas at a dinner party.

Part 1) What is a faux pas? What is this faux pas? How do others react to it? How does she react to it? Compare their reactions.

Part 2) What does this reveal about the different cultures? How different are they? In what ways are they different?

Part 3) What are faux pas today in our own culture? How are these faux pas connected to our culture? Are any universal? If so, which ones? If not, why not?

Essay Topic 2

Life is different in this story, both due to cultural differences and a different period of time.

Part 1) Describe the British culture that Ms. Hanff encounters. How different is it from Ms. Hanff's culture? Use the text to support your response.

Part 2) What problems arise because of these differences? How are these problems resolved?

Part 3) How does this period of time, as a whole, differ from out own? What does this reveal about both British and American culture?

Essay Topic 3

A theme in this story is of friendship.

Part 1) How is this a theme? Why is friendship so important to this story?

Part 2) What friendships does Ms. Hanff make? How do these friendships affect her trip and her confidence in herself and her work?

Part 3) Describe a friendship of your own that is important to you. Why is it important? How does it influence you?

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