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. Who are Nora and Sheila Doel?

2. What did this stop cause?

3. What was realized when she arrived here?

4. Ena begged Ms. Hanff not to return home too early and to consider doing what?

5. On Friday, June 18, Ms. Hanff attempted to take a shower and discovered what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What took place at the dinner at Nora's house?

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

3. What problems did Ms. Hanff have with her silk dress?

4. Describe Ms. Hanff's book signing.

5. Who meets Ms. Hanff at the airport?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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