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. Why did Joan and her husband decide to spend Christmas together during their separation year?

2. How long was Joan left alone on Seal Island?

3. At the beginning of Chapter 1, Ebb Tide, what did Joan's husband announce?

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

5. Who honked her horn and flashed her lights and encouraged an exhausted Joan to continue the race when Joan was about to quit?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Joan's acceptance of her body change in Chapter 15, Wild and Salty?

2. How did Joan's personality differ from her husband's?

3. What did Joan Anderson expect to learn from the psychoanalyst, and what did Joan Erikson tell her when she didn't learn what she expected?

4. 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?

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

6. How did Joan ultimately earn the money to fix her broken hot water heater?

7. Describe the retirement party Joan gave for her husband and how pleased her husband was with it.

8. What was the Cape Cod general store like, and what did being there help Joan decide about her stay in the community?

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the depiction of family and community in the book. When Joan isolated herself on Cape Cod, who became her family and her community? Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

At the end of the book, Joan and her husband reunited. Discuss whether you found this ending satisfying or not and why. Did it negate Joan's feminist precepts for her to take her husband back? Was it believable that Joan would reunite with her husband after her unhappiness during her marriage? Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

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