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 had wanted to see London ever since when?

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. What had her brother given her?

4. Ms. Hanff visited a handful of booksellers before going to what?

5. At a going away party, several friends had given her a gift certificate to __________.

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Ms. Hanff's book signing.

2. What took place the evening of Wednesday, June 30?

3. What takes place at the beginning of this book? Why does Ms. Hanff do this?

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

5. What did Ms. Hanff do early on Wednesday, June 30?

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

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

8. What happened at Broadcasting House?

9. What did Ms. Hanff learn about the Tower of London?

10. What did Ms. Hanff do before going to bed on her first night in England?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ms. Hanff's stay is extended.

Part 1) Why is her stay extended? How does she feel about this? What does she do with this extra time? How does it enhance her trip?

Part 2) Why does she not continue it for longer? Should she have stayed longer? Why or why not? What clues were given to show she was slightly homesick?

Part 3) What would you have done with an extra ten days? What types of activities would you have participated in? Why?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Ms. Hanff sees many sights while in London.

Part 1) Describe five of these sights. Why does she see these sights? Why are these sights important to her?

Part 2) Why does she include all of these places in her book? What is her purpose for telling the reader about these places?

Part 3) How do these places compare to what one might see in the U.S.? How are they similar? How are they different? What might the reasons be for these similarities and differences?

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