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. To whom will the sea not give its gifts?

2. What is a moon shell?

3. What does the author say gets in the way of simplification?

4. What does a married woman's concerns keep her from doing?

5. What does the author say is required to obtain simplicity?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does the author suggest one might rejuvenate a relationship?

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

6. What does the author believe people are designed to seek? How do people avoid loneliness?

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

8. 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

9. Describe the moon shell.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What does the author mean by a "one-and-only" moment? What was a moment like that which you have experienced in your life?

Essay Topic 2

The author writes that it is much more difficult to stand out in a city than on the beach. Do you think it would be easier to go to school in a small school or a large one? Describe what you see as the opportunities and difficulties in both types of schools.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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