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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Where did Joan and her husband meet?
2. What wall decoration from New Mexico made Joan think she was at a crossroads in her life?
3. In what kind of family was Joan's husband raised?
4. How did the seals respond when Joan dove into the ocean?
5. Once Joan's husband left in Chapter 1, Ebb Tide, how did Joan react?
Short Essay Questions
1. In Chapter 7, Silent Seas, Silent Nights, why did Joan mentally compare her marriage to several boats which had gotten frozen in place in the harbor?
2. In Chapter 4, Riptide, how did Joan relate the state of her marriage to a riptide?
3. What reflections did the seals give Joan on her body image?
4. Why did Joan and her husband decide to separate?
5. What costume did Joan wear for the New Year's Eve footrace, and what did it symbolize to her?
6. How did other people respond when they learned Joan was working at a fish market?
7. In Chapter 9, Fogged In, why was Joan concerned about her writing career?
8. How did Joan's winter days and nights with her husband and children compare to her winter on Cape Cod?
9. What did Joan think of the wealthy wives who came into the fish market and ordered expensive fish?
10. How did Joshua Cahoon differ from Joan's husband?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Discuss Joan Anderson's use of figurative language in "A Year by the Sea" as well as her other narrative techniques. Cite examples from the text to support your conclusions.
Essay Topic 2
Discuss the changes and growth in Joan's husband during his wife's year at Cape Cod. Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.
Essay Topic 3
Discuss the importance of the seal island to Joan. What lessons did she learn from the island and the seals that inhabit it? Why did her husband not understand the importance of the island to her? Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.
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