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. How tall was Joan's husband?

2. In Chapter 11, Ebb and Flow, what forced Joan to end her solitude?

3. On what did men sit while drinking coffee outside the general store?

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

5. Why did Joan decide not to write in her journal on the seal island?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Joshua Cahoon help Joan learn clamming?

2. Why did Joan's nephew send guests to stay with Joan, and how did Joan feel about being part of her nephew's project?

3. What evidence was there in Chapter 16, Port of Call, that Joan had grown during her year in Cape Cod?

4. What did Joan take with her to the seal island in Chapter 15, Wild and Salty, and how did what she took on this trip show her growth since her initial trip to the island?

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

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

7. What evidence in Chapter 16, Port of Call, indicated that Joan's husband had grown and changed during their separation?

8. What symbolism did Joan see in the sandbar?

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

10. When Joan's husband mentioned retirement at the beginning of Chapter 14, Safe Harbor, how did his idea of retirement differ from Joan's?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast Joan's husband with Joshua Cahoon. What did each man represent to Joan? What aspects of herself did each man reflect back to Joan? 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 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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