Message in a Bottle Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Nicholas Sparks (author)
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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 does Theresa find when she stops to put her shoes back on?

2. Why is Theresa disappointed when searching for Garrett?

3. How would the message act as a way of encouragement according to Deanna?

4. Who gives Theresa a clue about where to find Garrett in Wilmington?

5. Where did David, Theresa's ex-husband, move after their divorce?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Garrett and Catherine meet?

2. Who does Theresa go to after finding the third message and why?

3. What do Garrett and his dad have in common?

4. Why does Theresa think publishing the letter is morally wrong?

5. What is Theresa's greatest fear concerning Kevin and David's relationship?

6. What reasons does Theresa have for finding the man who wrote the messages?

7. How did Catherine die?

8. What are Garrett feelings after inviting Theresa on board his boat?

9. Which of Theresa's greatest fears does Garrett relieve in the restaurant?

10. Where does the letter come from and who determines the location from which it was sent?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why doesn't Theresa mention the letters when she first meets Garrett? Do you think their relationship could have evolved if she had? Do you think they would have moved as quickly? Support your discussion and opinions with quotes from the text and feel free to use secondary sources from well known critics.

Essay Topic 2

Do you think Theresa is a hopeless romantic or a woman anchored in reality? Make sure you consider how she is in the beginning of the book and the changes in her character after finding the letters and subsequently finding Garrett. Use references from the book to build your argument.

Essay Topic 3

Compare Theresa's loss of intimacy with Garrett's loss of Catherine. Discuss how loss affects their characters and brings them together. Provide examples from the book to support your discussion.

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