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. The author says if the shells she finds and writes about are lined up across the top of her desk, they can represent what?

2. What is the author doing at the beginning of the book?

3. At the beginning of a relationship what kind of world exist for two people?

4. According to the author, what is seen as failure in a relationship?

5. What kind of experience does the author say being alone was for her?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does the channeled whelk shell appear to Anne?

3. What does Anne find on one of her first walks on the beach and what does she wonder about it?

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

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

6. What are the author's intentions for her time at the beach and is she successful?

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

8. How does the author believe her life has been shaped?

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

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

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 says her main goal at the sea is to obtain peace. What would be your goal if you took a similar vacation? How would you obtain that goal? Is there some place you would choose besides the sea to find peace? Where? Why?

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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