A Year by the Sea: Thoughts of an Unfinished Woman Test | Final 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. What gift did Joan receive from her daughter-in-law on Memorial Day?
(a) A book of poems.
(b) A bouquet of flowers.
(c) A hand--painted sign that said "Tradition".
(d) A necklace.

2. In Chapter 11, Ebb and Flow, what forced Joan to end her solitude?
(a) A procession of visitors to her cottage.
(b) Her husband got ill and needed her.
(c) Her mother got ill and needed her.
(d) Her son's wife was pregnant and needed her help.

3. Where were Joan's oldest son and his wife going for a bike trip once leaving the cottage after Memorial Day?
(a) California.
(b) Chicago.
(c) Europe.
(d) The Far East.

4. What kind of perfume did Joan wear to greet her husband in the final chapter of the book?
(a) Lemon-scented perfume.
(b) Honeysuckle and lavender perfume.
(c) French perfume.
(d) Tea rose and gardenia perfume.

5. In Chapter 16, Port of Call, to what did Joan equate Labor Day at the fish market?
(a) The New York Stock Exchange.
(b) Dulles Airport at Christmas.
(c) A quiet funeral.
(d) Grand Central Station at rush hour.

6. In Chapter 16, Port of Call, what did Joan take with her to the chaise longue to enjoy some peace and quiet before her husband arrived at the cottage?
(a) A book and a glass of iced tea.
(b) A radio.
(c) A pillow and blanket so she could enjoy a nap.
(d) A glass of lemonade and some chocolate chip cookies.

7. How much money was a basket of clams worth?
(a) Fifty dollars.
(b) Fifteen or twenty dollars.
(c) Sixty-five dollars.
(d) Twelve dollars.

8. What things did Joan notice during her bicycle ride in Chapter 14, Safe Harbor?
(a) The number of tourists at Cape Cod.
(b) The friendliness of everyone she met.
(c) The traffic in the town.
(d) The sights and scents of nature.

9. What gift did the fish market owner give Joan at the end of the season?
(a) A gift certficate to the local spa.
(b) A swordfish steak.
(c) A bottle of wine.
(d) A gift certificate to a local restaurant.

10. How tall was Joan's husband?
(a) Five feet eleven.
(b) Six foot four.
(c) Six foot one.
(d) Five feet nine.

11. Which of the following statements was not something Joan's husband said when she called to ask him if he could help her pay for the broken appliance?
(a) She should have been living with him as he had planned.
(b) He could give her the money right away.
(c) She had overtaxed the appliance.
(d) She could ask one of her fishermen friends for the money.

12. Who visited Joan on Memorial Day?
(a) Her priest.
(b) Her mother-in-law.
(c) Her mother.
(d) Her husband, her sons, and her daughters-in-law.

13. What factors complicated Joan's first day of clamming?
(a) High winds, a heavy mist, and Joan's inexperience.
(b) A clam shortage and a rainstorm.
(c) Joan's fear of drowning or falling while searching for clams.
(d) Joan's fever and shortage of tools.

14. Who advised Joan to dig for clams to earn the money to replace her broken appliance?
(a) Joan Erickson.
(b) Joshua Cahoon.
(c) Hazel.
(d) Her husband.

15. As Joan let sand flow through her fingers in Chapter 15, Wild and Salty, what did the sand symbolize to her?
(a) Dirt that she had to sweep out of her mind, heart, and life.
(b) Her limitless future.
(c) Clamming.
(d) Nature and the outdoors.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Joan Erikson say in Chapter 15, Wild and Salty, would be giving away some of Joan's strength?

2. Who applauded Joan's job of clamming?

3. Who was Joan Erickson's late husband?

4. Which of the following people were not guests Joan invited to her husband's party?

5. In Chapter 12, Low Tide, what appliance in Joan's cottage broke?

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