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. About what do Nancy and Noel confront Penelope during the weekend?

2. What does Penelope realize about her relationship with Ambrose almost from the beginning?

3. What do Richard and Lawrence do after dinner?

4. Where does Penelope go first thing this morning?

5. Why does Penelope have trouble sleeping this night?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Olivia manage to silence Noel and Nancy's protests about Penelope's will?

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

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

6. How do Nancy and Noel react to news of Penelope's death?

7. Why is Olivia's support critical to Antonia and Danus' future?

8. What does Penelope do on her last day in Porthkerris?

9. Describe Penelope's dismal existence during the Summer of 1943.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Greed seems to be almost an unnamed character in the book. How pervasive is the sense of greed? Why does it have such a prevalent place in the lives of Noel and Nancy? Explain how an inanimate object or characteristic can be a character.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Does Pilcher end the story on a note of hope for Olivia or the continuance of her struggle to come to terms with her flawed relationship with her siblings? Give your perspective and two reasons to support your answer.

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