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. In Chapter 11, Ebb and Flow, who came to Cape Cod to shoot a film?
(a) Joan's older son.
(b) A famous Hollywood producer.
(c) Joan's nephew.
(d) Hazel.

2. What did Joan cook for Memorial Day dinner?
(a) A bouillabaisse.
(b) Hamburgers.
(c) Nothing - she refused to cook.
(d) Hot dogs and baked beans.

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

4. How did Joan think she was like beach glass?
(a) She was sharp and could cut.
(b) She had been discarded like trash.
(c) She had been through a lot and had become new.
(d) She was bright and shiny.

5. Which of the following was not something that Joan thought would help her maintain her new self if she reunited with her husband?
(a) Playing hostess to her husband and his friends.
(b) Generating new ideas.
(c) Sipping coffee by the shore.
(d) Laughing and risking adventures.

6. What action made the clams spit, i.e. make holes in the sand that revealed where they were?
(a) Singing loudly to scare the clams.
(b) Pouring water on the sand.
(c) Stomping around on the sand.
(d) Putting raw hamburger on the sand as clam bait.

7. What did Joan find workmen doing at her cottage upon her return from the general store?
(a) Painting her house.
(b) Putting up a new picket fence.
(c) Repairing her roof.
(d) Replacing her garage door.

8. On what did men sit while drinking coffee outside the general store?
(a) Wrought iron enches.
(b) Old church pews.
(c) Rocking chairs.
(d) Milk cartons.

9. 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 had overtaxed the appliance.
(b) She should have been living with him as he had planned.
(c) He could give her the money right away.
(d) She could ask one of her fishermen friends for the money.

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

11. In Chapter 16, Port of Call, what flowers did Joan's neighbors say she could pick from their yard?
(a) Some pink roses.
(b) Some orange begonias.
(c) Some Shasta daisies.
(d) Some white lillies.

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

13. What beverage did Joan buy at the general store?
(a) Lemonade.
(b) A diet cola.
(c) Iced tea.
(d) Bottled water.

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

15. What kind of party did Joan throw for her husband in Chapter 16, Port of Call?
(a) A welcome party.
(b) An anniversary party.
(c) A birthday party.
(d) A change-of-life party.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chapter 16, Port of Call, to what did Joan equate Labor Day at the fish market?

2. Where did Joan Erickson tell Joan A. was the only place to find answers about herself?

3. During her bicycle ride, what words did Joan see on a sign in front of the Methodist Church?

4. What snack did the bartender put out without charge for Joan's party for her husband?

5. How long did Joan spend alone on the island with the seals in Chapter 15, Wild and Salty?

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