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 the woman claim who calls Theresa the day following the publication of the message?

2. What does Theresa do before returning to work, the weekend after the message is published?

3. In Chapter 1, on a cold December day, where does Theresa Osborne arrive?

4. Who calls when Garrett is going through paperwork the day following his first date with Theresa?

5. Where is Theresa at the start of the book?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How long does it take for Deanna to convince Theresa to publish the message?

3. What advice does Jeb gave Garrett concerning his long grieving?

4. What is Theresa's plan when she arrives in Wilmington?

5. What story did the prologue reveal about messages in bottles?

6. Why did Theresa divorce David and what happened with him afterward?

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

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

9. What was Theresa excited about before she read the message in the bottle she first found on the beach?

10. How do Garrett and Theresa spend lunch and the afternoon?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Theresa's experience up until she meets and falls in love with Garrett. Discuss her desire to achieve balance in life, as well as her experience dating. How do her relationships with men, including David, affect her and develop her character traits simultaneously? Give textual support to strengthen your discussion.

Essay Topic 2

The point of view of a story contributes to how information is told and what information is told in a story. In "Message in a Bottle," the story is told mostly through third person point of view. Discuss the differences between point of view and why the author may have chosen third person p.o.v. to tell this story. How does this point of view seem detrimental or beneficial to the story line? Use the text to support your opinions.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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