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 can one-and-only moments bring to one's life?

2. What does the author seek to do at the sea?

3. What does the author consider one of the most important techniques for living?

4. What does residing by the sea do for the author?

5. What does the state of ease allow?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Describe a double-sunrise shell?

8. What happens to Anne's mind the second week at the beach?

9. The author suggests being alone might be good for a person. Why does she say this?

10. How does the author feel about the ocean and what happens to her when near it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

During a description of a "dance" the author wrote about her sister's visit she suggests living in the present is best. What does she mean by living in the present? How difficult it is for you to live in the present? Use an example from your life to illustrate living in the present.

Essay Topic 2

Some people cover up their own problems by worrying about the whole world. What does this statement mean? Do you know someone who does this or do you do it? Why do you think it would be easier to worry about the world than what's happening in your own life?

Essay Topic 3

What do you think are the differences in the way people interact socially with each other between a rural setting and an urban setting? Which would you prefer? Why?

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