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

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

3. At the end of Chapter 14, Safe Harbor, who did Joan realize was planning to live with her in the cottage?
(a) Joan Erikson.
(b) Her sons and their wives.
(c) Joshua Cahoon.
(d) Her husband.

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

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

6. While riding her bicycle in Chapter 14, Safe Harbor, with whom did Joan wonder if she could ever share a bike ride?
(a) Her oldest son and his wife.
(b) Hazel.
(c) Her husband.
(d) Joan Erikson.

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

8. What did Joan conclude while visiting the general store?
(a) That she wanted to divorce her husband.
(b) That she wanted to have another baby.
(c) That she wanted to move to Europe.
(d) That she wanted to stay in Cape Cod.

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

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

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

12. How did Joan define menopause?
(a) Middle age.
(b) A pause from men.
(c) Absence of childbearing.
(d) Old age.

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

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

15. What outfit did Joan wear to greet her husband in Chapter 16, Port of Call?
(a) A red evening gown and heels.
(b) Jeans and a black linen blazer.
(c) A tailored gray wool suit and black boots.
(d) A bathing suit and towel.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why did Joan feel that her previous hiking adventures had not tested her independence?

2. What did Joan discover that her sons' wives wanted after their marriages?

3. What did Joan cook for Memorial Day dinner?

4. How long was the film crew on Cape Cod?

5. Which of the following was not something Joan took with her to the island of the seals in Chapter 15, Wild and Salty?

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