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. For how long will the author be doing the answer in question #1?

3. How do people smile at the beach?

4. How does Anne decorate her beach cottage?

5. What should women do with some of the time freed up in modern times?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do some people try to stay in the first stage of a relationship?

2. How does the author see people, since being at the beach?

3. How does the author feel about the concept of being the "one and only" in a person's life?

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

5. What is the solution to problems in a relationship that the author says many people try? How effective is that solution?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

The author writes that clearing her mind and experiencing the sea without other thoughts pressing in is very difficult to do. Why do you think people have a hard time quieting their minds? Do you ever sit down and try to think of nothing? If you have, did you find it hard and why? If not, what do you think you might get out of trying?

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