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. Why does the author have to rush in the city?

2. What does the author say is natural and part of the process of life?

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

4. What is a double-sunrise shell?

5. What are the author's ambitions for the days to come?

Short Essay Questions

1. What has the beach taught the author?

2. How does the author see the beginning of a marriage for most people?

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

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

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

6. How does Anne relate the Argonauta shell to her life?

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

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. What does Anne think middle age might bring to her relationships?

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

Anne says a woman must find her own identity. What do you think she means? Do you think this could apply to a man also? Why or why not? How do you explore your identity?

Essay Topic 2

Anne Lindbergh wishes to be alone at the beach. She offers many reasons for this desire. What are her reasons and do you agree with them? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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