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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. 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?
(a) Kings.
(b) Roman soldiers.
(c) Angels.
(d) Fishermen.

2. Where did Joan and her husband meet?
(a) Penn State.
(b) Harvard.
(c) Yale.
(d) Columbia.

3. What color was the inside of Nickerson's Fish Market painted?
(a) Red.
(b) Blue.
(c) Orange and green.
(d) White.

4. What did the other patrons of Larry's PX talk about during Joan's first visit to the PX?
(a) A local murder.
(b) The bad economy for fishing that year.
(c) The seals in the harbor.
(d) Joan's separation from her husband.

5. What wall decoration from New Mexico made Joan think she was at a crossroads in her life?
(a) A painting of an Indian village.
(b) A cross made of mesquite wood.
(c) A clock.
(d) A painting of a crossroads.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was Joan Erickson looking into getting instead of a car to transport herself around town?

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

3. How many races had Joan run prior to the New Year's Day race?

4. Which of the following items was not something Joan brought with her when she visited the seal island?

5. What did Joan's neighbor think of Joan's job at the fish market?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Joshua Cahoon treat Joan when he took her to the seal island?

2. What was Larry's PX and how did the men who congregated there respond to Joan's presence?

3. How did Joan fare in the footrace in Chapter 8, Getting My Feet Wet, and what did the race symbolize to her?

4. How did other people respond when they learned Joan was working at a fish market?

5. What kind of Christmas tree did Joan and her husband have on Cape Cod, and how did they decorate?

6. What kind of job did Joan get in Chapter 4, Riptide, and why didn't she ask her husband for financial help instead of getting a job?

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

8. In Chapter 9, Fogged In, why was Joan concerned about her writing career?

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

10. What incident told Joan that the other workers at the fish market had accepted her?

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