A Year by the Sea: Thoughts of an Unfinished Woman Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Joan Anderson
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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. What made Joan miss her sons at the end of Chapter 5, Water Therapy?

2. Because Joan entertained their guests at parties while her husband sat quietly in the corner, how did Joan's husband describe himself and his wife?

3. What costume Joan did Joan wear for the New Year's Day race?

4. What did studying her old photos reveal to Joan about herself?

5. What did Joan see on her front lawn as she left her house in Chapter 1, Ebb Tide?

Short Essay Questions

1. What symbolism did Joan see in the sandbar?

2. Who did Joan ask for money to replace her broken hot water heater, and what was his response?

3. How did Joshua Cahoon differ from Joan's husband?

4. What truths about her life were revealed to Joan during her trip to the seal island in Chapter 15, Wild and Salty?

5. What incident told Joan that the other workers at the fish market had accepted her?

6. When Joan's husband mentioned retirement at the beginning of Chapter 14, Safe Harbor, how did his idea of retirement differ from Joan's?

7. What was ironic about how Joan felt once her husband drove away from their house on the day they separated?

8. What kind of job did Joan get in Chapter 4, Riptide, and why didn't she ask her husband for financial help instead of getting a job?

9. To where did Joan ride her bike in Chapter 14, Safe Harbor, and how did she like the experience?

10. In Chapter 9, Fogged In, how did Joan become estranged from her brother?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the metaphor of the sea and the tide in "A Year by the Sea." How did each phase of the tide relate to Joan and her life? Cite examples from the text to support your conclusions.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast Joan's husband with Joshua Cahoon. What did each man represent to Joan? What aspects of herself did each man reflect back to Joan? Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

The subtitle of "A Year by the Sea" is "Thoughts of An Unfinished Woman." Discuss why you think Joan chose this title. How did she depict herself as being unfinished in the book? Was she "finished" by the end, or was she still "unfinished" at the book's end? Did her definition of unfinished change during the course of the book? Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

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