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 are the author's ambitions for the days to come?

2. What does being alone generally suggest in this society?

3. Who preached against the dangers of multiplicity in the third century?

4. What does residing by the sea do for the author?

5. What is Anne afraid of when she is alone and feeling peaceful?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why would a person avoid being alone?

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

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

5. How does the author see the difference between a man and a woman in marriage?

6. How does Anne see the oyster shell in relationship to marriage?

7. How is the mindset of the second week similar or different from her mindset in the city?

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

9. What does Anne think about objects being crowded?

10. How does being at home change the author's interaction with people?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The author writes that clearing her mind and experiencing the sea without other thoughts pressing in is very difficult to do. Why do you think people have a hard time quieting their minds? Do you ever sit down and try to think of nothing? If you have, did you find it hard and why? If not, what do you think you might get out of trying?

Essay Topic 2

Solitude is another topic the author explores. Do you have solitude in your life? When? Where? What do you do with the solitude? Do you actively seek solitude? If so, why? If not, why?

Essay Topic 3

Anne says that the small communities of the nineteenth century has given way to the larger world communities. How has the technology developed since Lindbergh wrote this book made this an even more true statement? Use examples from the 1950s and now to illustrate your answer.

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