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

2. Where was the cottage to which Joan wanted to retreat at the beginning of the book?
(a) Cape Cod.
(b) Nantucket.
(c) Key Biscayne.
(d) Martha's Vineyard.

3. What was Joan Erickson looking into getting instead of a car to transport herself around town?
(a) A motorized wheelchair.
(b) A golf cart or three-wheel bicycle.
(c) A skateboard.
(d) A motorcycle.

4. How long was Joan left alone on Seal Island?
(a) Overnight.
(b) One week.
(c) Two hours.
(d) Eight hours.

5. What did studying her old photos reveal to Joan about herself?
(a) That she had been a lonely, homely child.
(b) That she fit in by being what others wanted her to be.
(c) That she didn't look like her other relatives.
(d) That she longed for a close family again.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How long had Joan and her family lived in their big old family house?

3. Which of the following is not something for which Joan's writing money paid during her marriage?

4. How did Joan meet Joshua Cahoon?

5. From whom did Joan get the wobbly kitchen table in the cottage?

Short Essay Questions

1. What reflections did the seals give Joan on her body image?

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

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

4. How did Joan's acceptance of her body change in Chapter 15, Wild and Salty?

5. What evidence was there in Chapter 16, Port of Call, that Joan had grown during her year in Cape Cod?

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

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

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

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

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