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. Although Joan missed her sons after they left the cottage once Memorial Day ended, what did she look forward to regaining?

2. Who visited Joan on Memorial Day?

3. How did Joan describe her bicycle?

4. What did Joan cook for Memorial Day dinner?

5. Once Joan was dropped off on the seal island, how did she feel?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe the retirement party Joan gave for her husband and how pleased her husband was with it.

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

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

7. 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?

8. 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?

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the influence of nature in Joan's life during her year at Cape Cod. What aspects of nature did Joan encounter, and how did they help her healing and growth? Cite examples from the text to support your conclusions.

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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