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 Joan cook for Memorial Day dinner?

2. What did the sign in front of the Methodist Church make Joan wonder about herself?

3. What factors complicated Joan's first day of clamming?

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

5. What did Joan discover that her sons' wives wanted after their marriages?

Short Essay Questions

1. What spiritual lesson did Joan learn from clamming?

2. How did Joan ultimately earn the money to fix her broken hot water heater?

3. 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?

4. Who was Hazel, and why did she come to visit Joan?

5. How did Joshua Cahoon help Joan learn clamming?

6. 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?

7. What symbolism did Joan see in the sandbar?

8. 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?

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 truths about her life were revealed to Joan during her trip to the seal island in Chapter 15, Wild and Salty?

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

Discuss Joan's reliability as a narrator. How reliable is she? In what ways might she be biased? Do you think her perceptions of her experiences are accurate? Why or why not? Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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