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. At the end of Chapter 14, Safe Harbor, who did Joan realize was planning to live with her in the cottage?

2. As Joan let sand flow through her fingers in Chapter 15, Wild and Salty, what did the sand symbolize to her?

3. While walking with Joan Erickson in Chapter 10, Seal Woman, what animal did Joan see staring into a puddle?

4. What did Joan find workmen doing at her cottage upon her return from the general store?

5. How far of a bike ride from Joan's home was the general store?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How did Joan's family spend Memorial Day weekend in Chapter 13, Treading Water, and how did Joan make this holiday different than previous holidays?

6. How did Joan's acceptance of her body change in Chapter 15, Wild and Salty?

7. How did a sign in front of the Methodist Church make Joan reflect upon her marriage?

8. 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?

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Discuss the depiction of family and community in the book. When Joan isolated herself on Cape Cod, who became her family and her community? Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

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