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Joan Anderson
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In Chapter 6, Waves of Truth, how many years had passed since Joan's sons had spent Christmas with her?
(a) Five.
(b) One.
(c) Eight.
(d) Three.

2. In Chapter 4, Riptide, which of the following was not a task Joan had to do in her job at Nickerson's Fish Market?
(a) Hauling and weighing fish.
(b) Climbing up to the lobster tanks.
(c) Dealing with customers.
(d) Catching fish.

3. How many races had Joan run prior to the New Year's Day race?
(a) Five.
(b) Eight.
(c) None.
(d) Fourteen.

4. Approximately how many other runners showed up with Joan to participate in the New Year's Day race?
(a) Eighty.
(b) Two hundred.
(c) One hundred.
(d) Fifty.

5. At the beginning of Chapter 9, Fogged In, how long a walk does Joan begin taking each day?
(a) A half-mile walk.
(b) A one-mile walk.
(c) A four-mile walk.
(d) A two-mile walk.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why did Joan want a job at the fish market?

2. At the church Christmas pageant that Joan and her husband attended n Chapter 7, Silent Seas, Silent Nights, what were the children dressed as instead of shepherds?

3. Why did Joan and her husband decide to spend Christmas together during their separation year?

4. How did Joan's husband see his primary role in their marriage?

5. Who honked her horn and flashed her lights and encouraged an exhausted Joan to continue the race when Joan was about to quit?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Joan's winter days and nights with her husband and children compare to her winter on Cape Cod?

2. In Chapter 6, Waves of Truth, how did Joan feel about her sons' plans to spend Christmas with their wives' families instead of with Joan and her husband?

3. In Chapter 9, Fogged In, how did Joan compare women to fog?

4. What is ebb tide and how did Joan relate the concept of ebb tide to her own life?

5. In Chapter 6, Waves of Truth, why did Joan get angry at the fish market customer who looked like Santa Claus?

6. In Chapter 9, Fogged In, how did Joan become estranged from her brother?

7. What was ironic about how Joan felt once her husband drove away from their house on the day they separated?

8. Why did Joan and her husband decide to separate?

9. Who was Joan Erikson and how did Joan meet her?

10. In Chapter 4, Riptide, how did Joan relate the state of her marriage to a riptide?

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