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

2. What did the sign in front of the Methodist Church make Joan wonder about herself?
(a) If she needed to forgive more.
(b) If she needed to treat others more nicely.
(c) If she needed to love more.
(d) If she had been indifferent about her life and her marriage.

3. What did Hazel do for a living?
(a) She was a pediatrician.
(b) She was an attorney.
(c) She was an accountant.
(d) She was an ophthalmologist.

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

5. What was Hazel's marital state?
(a) She was widowed.
(b) She was divorced.
(c) She was married.
(d) She was single and had never been married.

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

7. In Chapter 11, Ebb and Flow, what was Joan hired to do for the film crew?
(a) Type.
(b) Iron.
(c) Drive.
(d) Cook.

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

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

10. 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) Her limitless future.
(c) Dirt that she had to sweep out of her mind, heart, and life.
(d) Clamming.

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

12. Which of the following was not something Joan took with her to the island of the seals in Chapter 15, Wild and Salty?
(a) A tent.
(b) Food and water.
(c) A sleeping bag and backpack.
(d) A radio.

13. Which of the following people were not guests Joan invited to her husband's party?
(a) The postmistress and the fish market employees.
(b) Joan Erikson and Josh Cahoon.
(c) A female photographer and the plumber and his wife.
(d) Her sons and their wives.

14. What factors complicated Joan's job for the film crew?
(a) The crew hated her cooking.
(b) The crew had various dietary preferences.
(c) Joan wasn't a skilled cook.
(d) Joan didn't have many cooking utensils at the cottage.

15. 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) Putting raw hamburger on the sand as clam bait.
(c) Stomping around on the sand.
(d) Pouring water on the sand.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did the T-shirt Joan wore on the seal island say?

2. How many pounds of clams did Joshua Cahoon like to dig in a single day?

3. What gift did the fish market owner give Joan at the end of the season?

4. Who visited Joan on Memorial Day?

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

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