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 did Joan's father-in-law do for a living?

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

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

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

5. What number did Joan wear in the town's New Year's Day race in Chapter 8, Getting My Feet Wet?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 9, Fogged In, how did Joan become estranged from her brother?

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

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

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

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

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

7. In Chapter 9, Fogged In, why was Joan concerned about her writing career?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topic 3

Discuss Joan Anderson's use of figurative language in "A Year by the Sea" as well as her other narrative techniques. Cite examples from the text to support your conclusions.

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