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 is ebb tide?

2. Who did Joan ask to take her in his boat to the seal island?

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

4. In Chapter 4, Riptide, with what did Joan think she needed to fall in love?

5. What wall decoration from New Mexico made Joan think she was at a crossroads in her life?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. In Chapter 6, Waves of Truth, why did Joan get angry at the fish market customer who looked like Santa Claus?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the influence of nature in Joan's life during her year at Cape Cod. What aspects of nature did Joan encounter, and how did they help her healing and growth? Cite examples from the text to support your conclusions.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the metaphor of the sea and the tide in "A Year by the Sea." How did each phase of the tide relate to Joan and her life? Cite examples from the text to support your conclusions.

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