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 did Joan describe her bicycle?

2. In Chapter 11, Ebb and Flow, who came to Cape Cod to shoot a film?

3. How did Joan pay for her husband's party?

4. In Chapter 16, Port of Call, what flowers did Joan's neighbors say she could pick from their yard?

5. What kind of perfume did Joan wear to greet her husband in the final chapter of the book?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Joan give her husband for his retirement, and what did her gift symbolize?

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

3. 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?

4. 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?

5. At the beginning of Chapter 14, Safe Harbor, how did Joan feel once her older son and his wife left?

6. What symbolism did Joan see in the sandbar?

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

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

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the theme of self-reliance in the book. How did Joan demonstrate self-reliance at Cape Cod, and was she self-reliant all her life, or did she become more so during her year by the sea? Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the changes and growth in Joan's husband during his wife's year at Cape Cod. Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the depiction of gender roles in "A Year by the Sea." What characteristics and roles were ascribed to women in the book? What characteristics and roles were ascribed to men in the book? Did the men in the fishing community of Cape Cod treat the women as equals, or did they try to dominate them? Did Joan's husband treat Joan as an equal prior to their year-long separation, or did he try to dominate her? Cite at least three examples from the text to support your conclusions.

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