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 necklace.
(d) A hand--painted sign that said "Tradition".

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

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

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

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

6. Why did Joan want to be alone on the seal island in Chapter 15, Wild and Salty?
(a) To contemplate the future of her marriage.
(b) To decide if she wanted to marry Joshua Cahoon.
(c) To grieve for her dead father.
(d) To conduct research for a book on seals.

7. Why did Joan plant the tulips?
(a) To remind herself to keep blooming like the flowers.
(b) They were her favorite flowers.
(c) They were her husband's favorite flowers.
(d) She needed to cover a bare patch of her lawn.

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

9. In Chapter 12, Low Tide, what appliance in Joan's cottage broke?
(a) The hot water heater.
(b) The dishwasher.
(c) The refrigerator.
(d) The washing machine.

10. In Chapter 15, Wild and Salty, what did Joan tell Joan Erikson she would miss if she reunited with her husband?
(a) Living on Cape Cod.
(b) Being alone to think and write.
(c) Having secrets.
(d) Female friendships.

11. What tools did Joan need for clamming?
(a) A rake and a basket.
(b) A fishing pole and bait.
(c) A pot and lid.
(d) A stick and a bag.

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

13. 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 son's wife was pregnant and needed her help.
(d) Her mother got ill and needed her.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Joan's family feel when they learned she had a job digging for clams?

2. What kind of party did Joan throw for her husband in Chapter 16, Port of Call?

3. Who visited Joan on Memorial Day?

4. How did Joan pay for her husband's party?

5. What kind of footwear did Joan wear to the island in Chapter 15, Wild and Salty?

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