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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does the author say is required of an artist?
(a) To be around a lot of people
(b) To be patient
(c) To not care
(d) To give of self in small drops

2. What does the author say gets in the way of simplification?
(a) Computers
(b) Television
(c) All the details of daily living
(d) Illness

3. What about the author's life makes it more difficult to achieve simplicity?
(a) She has to work
(b) She has too many children
(c) Her husband is unfaithful
(d) Her life is subject to public scrutiny

4. How does Anne feel about her roles in life?
(a) She deeply desires to maintain them
(b) She is indifferent to them
(c) She resents them
(d) They bore her

5. Why does the author believe people often break up a romantic relationship?
(a) Fighting about money and children
(b) People believe a new relationship will solve their problems
(c) Bad sex
(d) Infidelity or too much flirting

Short Answer Questions

1. At the beach, what is the first step to achieving simplicity?

2. According to the author, what happens to the original essence of a relationship?

3. For how long will the author be doing the answer in question #1?

4. How is the mindset of the second week at the beach different from the city mindset?

5. What does Anne say is valid as far as one-and-only moments?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the author find life at the ocean?

2. How does the channeled whelk shell appear to Anne?

3. What is Anne's main goal and what would the fulfillment of this goal mean to her?

4. Describe the author's understanding of the first stage of a relationship.

5. What happens to Anne's mind the second week at the beach?

6. What is the effect of solitude on people and on the author? What does the author feel when alone?

7. What does the author explore in her life and the sea? How does she relate this to the channeled whelk?

8. The author suggests that women are designed to be giving. How does she tie in giving with solitude?

9. How does the author see people, since being at the beach?

10. How does the author feel about the concept of being the "one and only" in a person's life?

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