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 most people on the island think Joan was in town to do?

2. Which of the following is not something for which Joan's writing money paid during her marriage?

3. Which of the following is not something Joan woke up to the morning after her husband's arrival for Christmas?

4. At the beginning of Chapter 9, Fogged In, how long a walk does Joan begin taking each day?

5. In what town did Joan and her husband live?

Short Essay Questions

1. How much did Joan tell the townspeople in Cape Cod about her reasons for being in town?

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

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

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

5. How did Joshua Cahoon treat Joan when he took her to the seal island?

6. How did Joan's winter days and nights with her husband and children compare to her winter on Cape Cod?

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

8. Why did Joan and her husband decide to separate?

9. Who was Joan Erikson and how did Joan meet her?

10. In Chapter 9, Fogged In, why was Joan concerned about her writing career?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the theme of self-reliance in the book. How did Joan demonstrate self-reliance at Cape Cod, and was she self-reliant all her life, or did she become more so during her year by the sea? Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast Joan's two jobs on Cape Cod with her career as a writer. How did her two jobs on Cape Cod change Joan, her relationships, and her marriage? Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss Joan's reliability as a narrator. How reliable is she? In what ways might she be biased? Do you think her perceptions of her experiences are accurate? Why or why not? Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

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