Gift from the Sea Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. What does being alone generally suggest in this society?

2. What complicates a pure relationship?

3. During the second week, what comes forth in Anne's mind?

4. What is Anne's main goal?

5. Who does Anne use as an example of the simple life?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe a double-sunrise shell?

2. Why might Anne want to be alone at the beach?

3. What kind of examples does Anne use to illustrate simplicity in life?

4. What is the solution to problems in a relationship that the author says many people try? How effective is that solution?

5. The author suggests being alone might be good for a person. Why does she say this?

6. How does the author feel about the ocean and what happens to her when near it?

7. What does the author say the beach does for relationships among people?

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

9. How does one get gifts from the sea and what are the gifts?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

During a description of a "dance" the author wrote about her sister's visit she suggests living in the present is best. What does she mean by living in the present? How difficult it is for you to live in the present? Use an example from your life to illustrate living in the present.

Essay Topic 2

The author said, "I feel we are islands in a common sea." What do you think she means by this statement? How might this statement apply to your life?

Essay Topic 3

Why do you think the author has a difficult time sticking to her intentions of what she plans to do at the beach? Use illustrations from the book and your life to support your answer.

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