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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. How many buckets of clams did Joan set as her goal for her first day of clamming?
(a) Eight.
(b) Two.
(c) Ten.
(d) One.

2. What previous hiking trips did Joan think of while traveling to the seal island in Chapter 15, Wild and Salty?
(a) One in western Utah.
(b) One in Europe.
(c) One in Coral Gables.
(d) One in the Andes and one in the Grand Canyon.

3. What action made the clams spit, i.e. make holes in the sand that revealed where they were?
(a) Stomping around on the sand.
(b) Pouring water on the sand.
(c) Singing loudly to scare the clams.
(d) Putting raw hamburger on the sand as clam bait.

4. How had Joan spent Labor Days prior to her year alone by the sea?
(a) Doing housework.
(b) Organizing family picnics.
(c) Visiting her in-laws.
(d) Watching tv.

5. What beverage did Joan buy at the general store?
(a) Iced tea.
(b) Bottled water.
(c) Lemonade.
(d) A diet cola.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chapter 16, Port of Call, what did Joan take with her to the chaise longue to enjoy some peace and quiet before her husband arrived at the cottage?

2. Who was Joan Erickson's late husband?

3. As Joan let sand flow through her fingers in Chapter 15, Wild and Salty, what did the sand symbolize to her?

4. In Chapter 11, Ebb and Flow, what was Joan hired to do for the film crew?

5. What did Joan Erikson say in Chapter 15, Wild and Salty, would be giving away some of Joan's strength?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 12, Low Tide, how did reflecting upon the women in her family inspire Joan?

2. 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?

3. What evidence in Chapter 16, Port of Call, indicated that Joan's husband had grown and changed during their separation?

4. What spiritual lesson did Joan learn from clamming?

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

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

7. What was ironic about how Joan felt once she arrived on the seal island in Chapter 15, Wild and Salty?

8. How did Joan's family spend Memorial Day weekend in Chapter 13, Treading Water, and how did Joan make this holiday different than previous holidays?

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

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

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