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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 kind of experience does the author say being alone was for her?
(a) Lonely
(b) Happy
(c) Painful
(d) Peaceful

2. During the second week, what comes forth in Anne's mind?
(a) New knitting patterns
(b) New book ideas
(c) New paintings to do
(d) Unconscious thoughts and dreams

3. What does the author suggest people living in society are like?
(a) Trees, with branches reaching out to each other
(b) Islands
(c) Waves
(d) Grains of sand, crowded and gritty

4. What part of a relationship is pure, according to the author?
(a) The first part
(b) At the end
(c) When eating the other's cooking
(d) After ten years

5. At the beach, what is the first step to achieving simplicity?
(a) Meditate an hour a day
(b) Wear a swim suit
(c) Fast with only liquids
(d) Shed everything unnecessary

Short Answer Questions

1. What is a moon shell?

2. Why does she believe people seek meaningless activities when there's nothing to do?

3. The author compares to the channeled whelk to what of hers?

4. What can one do in solitude?

5. What about the author's life makes it more difficult to achieve simplicity?

Short Essay Questions

1. What questions about her life and conclusions does Anne have as she thinks about the Argonauta ?

2. Describe the moon shell.

3. What are the author's intentions for her time at the beach and is she successful?

4. What does Anne say women must discover for themselves and how?

5. How does Anne see the benefit of meeting people on an island as opposed to in a city?

6. Describe a double-sunrise shell?

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

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

9. What does Anne find on one of her first walks on the beach and what does she wonder about it?

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

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