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 did Joan think her role in her marriage would be?

2. Who called Joan the evening after she returned from the seal island?

3. What activity did Joan's older son and his wife share?

4. What was Joan Erickson looking into getting instead of a car to transport herself around town?

5. How soon before Christmas was Joan's husband scheduled to arrive at the cottage?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Joan's husband respond to her day with the seals and what does his response indicate about their marriage?

2. What reflections did the seals give Joan on her body image?

3. In Chapter 6, Waves of Truth, why did Joan get angry at the fish market customer who looked like Santa Claus?

4. In Chapter 4, Riptide, how did Joan relate the state of her marriage to a riptide?

5. What was Joan's husband's childhood like, and how did his childhood experiences affect the couple's marriage?

6. When Joan and her husband spent Christmas together at the cottage, what changes did each of them display?

7. What costume did Joan wear for the New Year's Eve footrace, and what did it symbolize to her?

8. In Chapter 9, Fogged In, how did Joan compare women to fog?

9. What was Joan's day with the seals like?

10. Where did Joan and her husband meet, and how did Joan's in-laws feel about the couple's relationship?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Joan Anderson's relationship with Joan Erickson. What did Joan learn from the older woman? In what ways were the women similar, and in what ways were they different? Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the depiction of gender roles in "A Year by the Sea." What characteristics and roles were ascribed to women in the book? What characteristics and roles were ascribed to men in the book? Did the men in the fishing community of Cape Cod treat the women as equals, or did they try to dominate them? Did Joan's husband treat Joan as an equal prior to their year-long separation, or did he try to dominate her? Cite at least three examples from the text to support your conclusions.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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