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 the author say is required to obtain simplicity?

2. What does the author forget when she's in the city?

3. How can a homemaker avoid feeling dispensable?

4. What does multiplicity in life lead to, according to the author?

5. Anne says every relationship seems how, at the beginning?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are obstacles to simplicity in Anne's life?

3. How does the author suggest women should obtain solitude?

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

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

6. What does the author say is the answer to the dilemma on how to remain intact and balanced against the forces of nature and shocking events in the periphery

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

8. Why do some people try to stay in the first stage of a relationship?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author deeply desires to maintain her role as wife, mother, artist and public figure, such a lifestyle begins to become all pervasive and takes a toll on the author's spirit. What do you think is meant by this statement. Use text from the book and ideas from your own life to illustrate your points.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Some people cover up their own problems by worrying about the whole world. What does this statement mean? Do you know someone who does this or do you do it? Why do you think it would be easier to worry about the world than what's happening in your own life?

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