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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. What did Hazel cook Joan for breakfast?
(a) Oatmeal and buttered toast.
(b) Blueberry pancakes.
(c) Scrambled eggs and bacon.
(d) An omelet.

2. What factors complicated Joan's first day of clamming?
(a) Joan's fever and shortage of tools.
(b) High winds, a heavy mist, and Joan's inexperience.
(c) Joan's fear of drowning or falling while searching for clams.
(d) A clam shortage and a rainstorm.

3. How long was the film crew on Cape Cod?
(a) Ten weeks.
(b) Eight days
(c) Six weeks.
(d) One month.

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

5. What did Joan think the task of an unfinished woman was?
(a) To become finished.
(b) To stop living for others.
(c) To become artistic.
(d) To acknowledge her life as a work in progress.

Short Answer Questions

1. What kind of party did Joan throw for her husband in Chapter 16, Port of Call?

2. What did Joan Erickson's cousin do for a living?

3. At the end of the book, where did Joan's husband ask Joan to take him the next morning?

4. Where were Joan's oldest son and his wife going for a bike trip once leaving the cottage after Memorial Day?

5. What did Joan cook for Memorial Day dinner?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who did Joan Erikson send to stay with Joan and how did Joan feel about having these guests?

2. 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?

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

4. What symbolism did Joan see in the sandbar?

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

6. When Joan's husband mentioned retirement at the beginning of Chapter 14, Safe Harbor, how did his idea of retirement differ from Joan's?

7. How did the friendship between Joan Anderson and Joan Erikson develop in Chapter 10, Seal Woman?

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

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

10. 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?

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