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. As the author prepares to leave the island what saddens about her life at home?

2. What is there little time at home to do, according to the author?

3. What does romantic love turn to, according to the author?

4. How does Anne see what she's learned the past two weeks?

5. What does the author say might sacrifice the present in honor of the future?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe some of the information the author gives about the oyster shell.

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

4. How does the author use the metaphor of dance in writing about her sister's visit?

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

6. What does Anne see as the difference in caring between the modern world and when life was less technical?

7. What has the beach taught the author?

8. Anne talks about the different needs for aging adults. What are some of the ideas she expresses?

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

10. What does Anne say is the key to dealing with the whole and moving forward?

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 talks about the various stages she sees in marriage. What are these stages and is it possible they apply to any relationship? Why are why not?

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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