The Shell Seekers Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Rosamunde Pilcher
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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 interest does Olivia have in Lawrence's painting?

2. Why can Penelope's parents not attend her wedding?

3. What make of car does Penelope's father own which Ambrose is enamored with?

4. Who arrives at Penelope's house after Olivia and Hank leave?

5. How valuable are Lawrence Stern's sketches?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the story of Penelope's parents' relationship?

2. Who is Doris Potter and how does she enter into the lives of Penelope's family?

3. Why is Antonia's stay with Penelope mutually beneficial?

4. What prompts Penelope to volunteer during the war?

5. How does the author reveal which one of Penelope's children is closest to her?

6. What is the nature of Antonia's phone call to Olivia and how does it change Olivia's plans with Hank?

7. Who is Hank Spotswood?

8. How does the author use foreshadowing by introducing Antonia into Olivia and Penelope's lives?

9. What is the tone of the relationship between Ambrose and Penelope?

10. What is Nancy's relationship with Penelope?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Create a character study of Penelope. What are her physical characteristics? What are her motivations? What are her fears? What are her dreams? What else can you say about Penelope?

Essay Topic 2

Project into the future ten years after the end of the novel and write a brief synopsis for Olivia's life. Will her career still be such a powerful presence in her life? Does she have a significant other in her life? What role does Olivia play in Antonia and Danus' lives?

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast Ambrose and Robert. Both men want influence over Penelope but have their hold on her in very different ways. Why are their differences classic examples of conflict in literature? What other similarities and dissimilarities are there between the two characters?

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