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 kind of footwear did Joan wear to the island in Chapter 15, Wild and Salty?
(a) Sandals.
(b) Tennis shoes.
(c) Flip-flops.
(d) Rubber boots.

2. Why did Joan decide not to write in her journal on the seal island?
(a) She had a low supply of ink.
(b) She was tired of writing and was thinking of changing jobs.
(c) She had a low supply of paper.
(d) She did not want to miss a single thing.

3. How far of a bike ride from Joan's home was the general store?
(a) Five miles.
(b) One mile.
(c) Two miles.
(d) Ten miles.

4. How much money did it cost to replace Joan's broken appliance?
(a) A thousand dollars.
(b) Five hundred dollars.
(c) Fifteen hundred dollars.
(d) Twelve hundred dollars.

5. What did Joan fear losing if she reunited with her husband?
(a) Her new friends.
(b) Her autonomy.
(c) Her job at the fish market.
(d) Her self-confidence.

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

7. What did Joan think the task of an unfinished woman was?
(a) To become finished.
(b) To stop living for others.
(c) To acknowledge her life as a work in progress.
(d) To become artistic.

8. 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.

9. What did Joan Erikson say in Chapter 15, Wild and Salty, would be giving away some of Joan's strength?
(a) Letting others know her secrets.
(b) Turning her back on her female friends.
(c) Returning to her husband.
(d) Leaving Cape Cod to return to the city.

10. What strong women inspired Joan to think that she could find a way to replace her broken appliance?
(a) Her mother-in-law and daughters-in-law.
(b) Joan Erickson and Hazel.
(c) Her mother, grandmother, and aunt.
(d) The wives of the Cape Cod fishermen.

11. Who applauded Joan's job of clamming?
(a) The fish market owner's wife.
(b) Joan Erickson.
(c) Joan's husband.
(d) Hazel.

12. At the end of the book, where did Joan's husband ask Joan to take him the next morning?
(a) To their old home in Nyack.
(b) To the seal island to see the seals.
(c) To Yale to reminisce about their first meeting.
(d) To visit their sons.

13. Why did Joan feel that her previous hiking adventures had not tested her independence?
(a) Someone besides herself had paid for her previous trips.
(b) They were easy trips without physical challenges.
(c) She was a child on her previous trips.
(d) She went on the trips with others rather than going alone.

14. What gift did Joan receive from her daughter-in-law on Memorial Day?
(a) A bouquet of flowers.
(b) A necklace.
(c) A book of poems.
(d) A hand--painted sign that said "Tradition".

15. What did one of the party guests do to Joan's husband's tie?
(a) Threw it into the sea.
(b) Threw it into the lobster tank.
(c) Wore it as a headband.
(d) Cut it off with a pair of scissors.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many buckets of clams did Joan set as her goal for her first day of clamming?

2. As Joan let sand flow through her fingers in Chapter 15, Wild and Salty, what did the sand symbolize to her?

3. What gift did Joan give her husband at the party?

4. What outfit did Joan wear to greet her husband in Chapter 16, Port of Call?

5. How did Joan describe her bicycle?

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