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 is a moon shell?

2. What does Anne say is valid as far as one-and-only moments?

3. How have the author's "roles" in life effected her life?

4. What effect does solitude have on people?

5. What does the author say everyone wants out of love?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why would a person avoid being alone?

2. How does this book open and why is the author at the location in the book?

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

4. Describe some of the information the author gives about the oyster shell.

5. How does the author relate decorating with a few objects to people in crowds?

6. What does the author say about most people wanting duration in life and marriage?

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

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

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

10. What is the Argonauta and how does it use its shell?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author suggests one cannot find love in someone else without first finding it for oneself. What does she mean? How would this apply to your life?

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

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?

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