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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 previous hiking trips did Joan think of while traveling to the seal island in Chapter 15, Wild and Salty?
2. What did Joan fear losing if she reunited with her husband?
3. How did Joan's family feel when they learned she had a job digging for clams?
4. What factors complicated Joan's first day of clamming?
5. What did Joan discover that her sons' wives wanted after their marriages?
Short Essay Questions
1. What did Joan Anderson expect to learn from the psychoanalyst, and what did Joan Erikson tell her when she didn't learn what she expected?
2. How did the friendship between Joan Anderson and Joan Erikson develop in Chapter 10, Seal Woman?
3. What symbolism did Joan see in the sandbar?
4. 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?
5. How did Joan's acceptance of her body change in Chapter 15, Wild and Salty?
6. Who did Joan ask for money to replace her broken hot water heater, and what was his response?
7. Why did Joan's nephew send guests to stay with Joan, and how did Joan feel about being part of her nephew's project?
8. How did Joshua Cahoon help Joan learn clamming?
9. In Chapter 15, Wild and Salty, how did Joan feel about letting her husband move back in with her after he retired and where did she go to think over the prospect?
10. 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?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
The subtitle of "A Year by the Sea" is "Thoughts of An Unfinished Woman." Discuss why you think Joan chose this title. How did she depict herself as being unfinished in the book? Was she "finished" by the end, or was she still "unfinished" at the book's end? Did her definition of unfinished change during the course of the book? 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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