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. How does Anne feel about her roles in life?

2. What effect does solitude have on people?

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

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

5. How does the author see the architecture of the channeled whelk?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe a double-sunrise shell?

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

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

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

7. Why would a person avoid being alone?

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

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

10. The author suggests that women are designed to be giving. How does she tie in giving with solitude?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The author states that her life has been shaped by the people who have been in it. What does she mean by this statement? Do you think she is right? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

The author explores many metaphors centering on the beach, the sea and the "gifts" from the sea. Write about two of these metaphors and your understanding of what she is saying.

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