A Year by the Sea: Thoughts of an Unfinished Woman Test | Final 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 Hazel cook Joan for breakfast?

2. What did one of the party guests do to Joan's husband's tie?

3. In Chapter 12, Low Tide, what appliance in Joan's cottage broke?

4. How did Joan describe her bicycle?

5. In Chapter 16, Port of Call, to what did Joan equate Labor Day at the fish market?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who did Joan ask for money to replace her broken hot water heater, and what was his response?

2. Did Joan and her husband seem happier or more unhappy at the end of their year-long separation, and did they decide to divorce or reunite?

3. To where did Joan ride her bike in Chapter 14, Safe Harbor, and how did she like the experience?

4. Who did Joan Erikson send to stay with Joan and how did Joan feel about having these guests?

5. What gift did Joan's boss at the fish market give her, and what did the gift indicate about his acceptance of Joan in the Cape Cod community?

6. How did Joan initially feel about letting people into her home, and how did she feel about having guests at the end of Chapter 11, Ebb and Flow?

7. 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?

8. What spiritual lesson did Joan learn from clamming?

9. How did the friendship between Joan Anderson and Joan Erikson develop in Chapter 10, Seal Woman?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Joan Anderson's technique of using epigraphs to introduce each chapter in "A Year by the Sea." How did the epigraphs relate to the titles of each chapter? How did the epigraphs relate to the content of each chapter? How did the epigraphs relate to Joan and her life?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the concept of sacrifice in "A Year by the Sea." What did Joan think she sacrificed during her marriage? What might her husband think he sacrificed during their marriage? Is the concept of sacrifice a gender issue in the book, i.e. is the author saying that women sacrifice themselves and their desires for their husbands and children? Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

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