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

2. In Chapter 3, Seal Sense Analysis, who gave Joan some clams he had dug up?

3. How long was the town's New Year's Day race?

4. Where did Joan and her husband go to work for the Peace Corps in the early days of their marriage?

5. What did Joan's neighbor think of Joan's job at the fish market?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is ebb tide and how did Joan relate the concept of ebb tide to her own life?

4. In Chapter 6, Waves of Truth, how did Joan feel about her sons' plans to spend Christmas with their wives' families instead of with Joan and her husband?

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

6. 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?

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

8. What did Joan think of the wealthy wives who came into the fish market and ordered expensive fish?

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

10. How did other people respond when they learned Joan was working at a fish market?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Joan's relationship with her sons and their wives. What parallels did Joan see between her marriage and her sons' marriages? Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the changes and growth in Joan during her year at Cape Cod. Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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