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

2. With what did Joan and her husband decorate their Christmas tree in Chapter 7, Silent Seas, Silent Nights?

3. From whom did Joan get the wobbly kitchen table in the cottage?

4. Why did Joan think she was better off than the rich local women who bought fish from her in the market?

5. In Chapter 6, Waves of Truth, why did Joan think women looked exhausted as the holidays approached?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How did Joan fare in the footrace in Chapter 8, Getting My Feet Wet, and what did the race symbolize to her?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

Compare and contrast Joan Erickson, Hazel, and Joan's daughters-in-laws. Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

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