Gift from the Sea Test | Final 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 asserts that to expect duration in one's life and relationships is what?

2. How does the freedom of being a whole person effect a relationship?

3. What stage of life does the author say the oyster shell best represents?

4. How does Anne feel as she leaves the sea?

5. What does the author intend to do about the societal implications of age?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Anne see the benefit of meeting people on an island as opposed to in a city?

2. What does the author say about most people wanting duration in life and marriage?

3. How does Anne feel about people who are solely concerned about the problems of the whole?

4. How does being at home change the author's interaction with people?

5. What does Anne think about objects being crowded?

6. What does Anne say about returning to the beginnings of a relationship?

7. What are some of the ideas the author expresses about the kinds of love and bonds formed in marriage?

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

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

10. Describe a day at the beach with Anne after her sister arrives.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Solitude is another topic the author explores. Do you have solitude in your life? When? Where? What do you do with the solitude? Do you actively seek solitude? If so, why? If not, why?

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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