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. Which of the following was not something that Joan achieved in her early twenties?

2. Approximately how many other runners showed up with Joan to participate in the New Year's Day race?

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

4. What costume Joan did Joan wear for the New Year's Day race?

5. In what kind of family was Joan's husband raised?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 12, Low Tide, how did reflecting upon the women in her family inspire Joan?

2. At the beginning of Chapter 14, Safe Harbor, how did Joan feel once her older son and his wife left?

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

4. Who was Hazel, and why did she come to visit Joan?

5. What was ironic about how Joan felt once she arrived on the seal island in Chapter 15, Wild and Salty?

6. What did Joan find several workmen doing at her home upon her return from her bike ride, and what did the fact that her husband was paying for the repairs indicate about him and their marriage?

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

8. How did Joshua Cahoon help Joan learn clamming?

9. What symbolism did Joan see in the sandbar?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

Discuss how holidays affected Joan in the book. Did her feelings about holidays change during her year by the sea? In what ways do holidays illustrate Joan's feelings about the traditional role of women in society? Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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