The Sea, 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. From where did the person from #25 come in order to haunt Charles and to frighten him?

2. ____________ was the foolish, yet gentle woman from Charles's past love affairs.

3. Charles comments that always in their conversations, James makes him feel defensive and __________.

4. What is the look in Hartley's eyes when she recognizes Charles in the crowd?

5. What does Charles see in the distance when he is watching Rosina leave?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Charles get to witness when he sneaks into the garden of Nibletts?

2. What is Charles afraid of as he writes the letter to Hartley offering to take her away and to take care of her forever?

3. How does Charles attempt to calm himself after his encounter with Hartley?

4. What does James have in his apartment which Charles makes fun of as having a demon inside?

5. What does Charles discover in his home after he has gone to town to pick up a bottle of wine?

6. What does Charles find when there is an insistent knock on his door that day, though it's not what he expected?

7. What does Hartley reveal as part of the reason why Titus ran away from home and from Fitch and Hartley?

8. From what location is Charles writing after his encounter with Fitch about Hartley and her feelings?

9. What are some of the things that Peregrine confesses to hating in his life?

10. How does Charles finally deliver the letter to Hartley when he is done writing it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Freedom is a subtle theme in this story, with characters looking for freedom in a number of forms.

Part 1: How do you think Titus defines the idea of freedom in this story?

Part 2: How do you think Charles defines the idea of freedom? Why?

Part 3: Do you think any of the women are free in this story? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Within this story are a number of references to the sea and to its moods.

Part 1: Why do you think the author chose to use the sea to describe the mood of the story?

Part 2: Do you think another force of nature might have worked better for this story? Why or why not?

Part 3: How does the sea demonstrate the moods of the characters?

Essay Topic 3

Charles realizes the impact of loneliness in his life, reaching out to men and to women when he is lonely.

Part 1: Why do you think Charles feels like he is a lonely person?

Part 2: Why do you think Charles has trouble being alone?

Part 3: Why do you think Charles decides to have everyone live with him?

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