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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. Under what conditions did Joan decide she could let her husband return home?
(a) If he begged her forgiveness for his past selfishness.
(b) If they collaborated & it wasn't just a matter of convenience.
(c) If he quit his job.
(d) If he agreed to let her remain at Cape Cod.

2. As Joan let sand flow through her fingers in Chapter 15, Wild and Salty, what did the sand symbolize to her?
(a) Clamming.
(b) Her limitless future.
(c) Nature and the outdoors.
(d) Dirt that she had to sweep out of her mind, heart, and life.

3. How did Joan pay for her husband's party?
(a) By clamming.
(b) With fish market earnings and an unexpected royalty check.
(c) She sold a new book.
(d) She borrowed the money from Joan Erikson.

4. During her bicycle ride, what words did Joan see on a sign in front of the Methodist Church?
(a) Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
(b) To forgive is divine.
(c) Love conquers all.
(d) The opposite of love is indifference.

5. What did Joan decide at the end of her month of increased socializing in Chapter 11, Ebb and Flow?
(a) She hated socializing.
(b) She was in control of her life & when guests came and left.
(c) She liked being around other people.
(d) She missed her husband.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who visited Joan on Memorial Day?

2. In Chapter 11, Ebb and Flow, what forced Joan to end her solitude?

3. What beverage did Joan buy at the general store?

4. What did Hazel cook Joan for breakfast?

5. What gift did Joan receive from her daughter-in-law on Memorial Day?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. 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?

3. 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?

4. 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?

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

6. How did Joan ultimately earn the money to fix her broken hot water heater?

7. How did Joan initially feel about letting people into her home, and how did she feel about having guests at the end of Chapter 11, Ebb and Flow?

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

10. What symbolism did Joan see in the sandbar?

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