The Shell Seekers Test | Final 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. Why does Danus want to have some medical tests done?

2. What does the woman in #90 do after her husband dies?

3. How does Lawrence cheer up Sophie?

4. Why does a group of Americans arrive in Porthkerris?

5. How does Penelope feel when she awakens in Chapter 13?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Penelope feel compelled to contact Boothby's without notifying her children?

2. Under what circumstances does Doris become a permanent resident in the Stern household?

3. What does Penelope decide to do with the unfinished Lawrence Stern paintings?

4. Why does Penelope's dream of marrying Richard not come true?

5. What does Penelope do when she learns from Mr. Brookner that the paintings have sold?

6. Why is the relationship between Nancy and Penelope so difficult?

7. What reason does Danus give Penelope for why he is returning to Edinburgh?

8. How does Richard stand in stark contrast to Ambrose?

9. What are the unhappy implications of Penelope's marriage to Ambrose?

10. Why does Danus feel that he must have his medical exams at this point in his life?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author uses more than one iteration on the theme of disappointment. Identify at least two characters who either embody or experience disappointment then cite an example to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

Describe the role of the family in THE SHELL SEEKERS. What does it mean for each of the main characters? How does the family evolve in its support or disregard of each other? How typical is this family to most British families living during the mid- to late-20th century?

Essay Topic 3

Pilcher uses several instances of foreshadowing in the story. Explain what foreshadowing is and cite at least two examples making sure to explain what makes each an instance of foreshadowing.

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