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. How many pounds of clams did Joshua Cahoon like to dig in a single day?
(a) One hundred pounds.
(b) Three hundred pounds.
(c) Fifty pounds.
(d) Twelve pounds.

2. What disappointed Joan about her visit with Joan Erickson's cousin?
(a) She had hoped for a longer visit.
(b) She found Joan Erickson's cousin dull.
(c) She had hoped for a shorter visit.
(d) She didn't learn anything about herself.

3. How much did a license for clamming cost Joan?
(a) One hundred dollars.
(b) Fifty dollars.
(c) Fifteen dollars.
(d) Eighty dollars.

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

5. What did Joan think that all women in long-term relationships should consider?
(a) New relationships.
(b) Cutting their hair very short.
(c) A separation from their men.
(d) A vegetarian diet.

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

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

8. How had Joan spent Labor Days prior to her year alone by the sea?
(a) Watching tv.
(b) Doing housework.
(c) Organizing family picnics.
(d) Visiting her in-laws.

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

10. What did the wife of Joan Erickson's cousin do for a living?
(a) She was an Episcopal priest.
(b) She was a seamstress.
(c) She was an actress.
(d) She was a psychologist.

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

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

13. How many tulip bulbs did Joan plant in Chapter 16, Port of Call?
(a) Two dozen.
(b) One hundred.
(c) Ten.
(d) One dozen.

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

15. With which Greek goddess did Joan feel an affinity when she swam with the seals in Chapter 15, Wild and Salty?
(a) Aphrodite.
(b) Hecate.
(c) Athena.
(d) Demeter.

Short Answer Questions

1. How far of a bike ride from Joan's home was the general store?

2. What gift did Joan receive from her daughter-in-law on Memorial Day?

3. Who applauded Joan's job of clamming?

4. What did Joan Erickson's cousin do for a living?

5. What did Hazel cook Joan for breakfast?

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