A Year by the Sea: Thoughts of an Unfinished Woman Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

Joan Anderson
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who did Joan ask to take her in his boat to the seal island?
(a) Her husband.
(b) The fish market owner.
(c) Her oldest son.
(d) Joshua Cahoon.

2. How old was Joan Erickson when Joan met her?
(a) Sixty-three.
(b) Eighty.
(c) Seventy-five.
(d) Ninety-two.

3. What wall decoration from New Mexico made Joan think she was at a crossroads in her life?
(a) A painting of a crossroads.
(b) A painting of an Indian village.
(c) A cross made of mesquite wood.
(d) A clock.

4. Which of the following items was not something Joan wished she had brought with her to the seal island?
(a) Sunscreen.
(b) An umbrella.
(c) Better food.
(d) Hairspray.

5. Who voided Joan's many mistakes at the fish market cash register?
(a) The market owner's wife.
(b) The market owner.
(c) A female coworker.
(d) Joan E.

6. How did Joan's husband see his primary role in their marriage?
(a) As the victim of Joan's nagging.
(b) As Joan's protector.
(c) As an equal partner.
(d) As breadwinner.

7. In Chapter 5, Water Therapy, who invites Joan to have a glass of wine and talk?
(a) Her coworkers at the fish market.
(b) Her neighbor.
(c) Joan Erickson.
(d) Joshua Cahoon.

8. Who honked her horn and flashed her lights and encouraged an exhausted Joan to continue the race when Joan was about to quit?
(a) Hazel.
(b) The fish market owner's wife.
(c) Joan Erickson.
(d) A lady cop.

9. Which of the following items was not something Joan brought with her when she visited the seal island?
(a) Sunglasses.
(b) A sweater.
(c) Peanut butter.
(d) A stale bagel.

10. What did studying her old photos reveal to Joan about herself?
(a) That she longed for a close family again.
(b) That she fit in by being what others wanted her to be.
(c) That she had been a lonely, homely child.
(d) That she didn't look like her other relatives.

11. During her stay at the cottage, what fact did Joan not reveal to her neighbors and coworkers about her marriage?
(a) That she was married to a much younger man.
(b) That she and her husband were separated.
(c) That it was a sham and she was not truly married.
(d) That she was married to a man who had been in prison.

12. What career loss did Joan suffer at the beginning of Chapter 9, Fogged In?
(a) Her collaborator moved & ended their collaboration.
(b) Her editor quit & the new editor hated Joan's writing.
(c) Her agent retired, leaving her agentless.
(d) Her publisher went out of business.

13. How many Christmas cards did Joan send during her year alone at the cottage?
(a) Six.
(b) Three dozen.
(c) One hundred.
(d) None.

14. How did Joan's husband describe the home he lived in while Joan occupied their Cape Cod cottage?
(a) An overpriced and undersized studio apartment.
(b) A chrome and glass condominium.
(c) A lonely mausoleum.
(d) An old barn that looked like Ralph Lauren designed it.

15. How old were Joan's children at the beginning of the book?
(a) Three and ten.
(b) They were grown.
(c) Six and twelve.
(d) They were infants.

Short Answer Questions

1. When did Nickerson's Fish Market close for the winter?

2. What did Joan's husband think when Joan made an angel in the snow?

3. What was the dress code at the fish market?

4. Which of the following is not something for which Joan's writing money paid during her marriage?

5. What was Joan instructed to bring for her trip to the seal island?

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