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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. What factors complicated Joan's job for the film crew?
(a) The crew had various dietary preferences.
(b) The crew hated her cooking.
(c) Joan wasn't a skilled cook.
(d) Joan didn't have many cooking utensils at the cottage.

2. At the end of the book, where did Joan's husband ask Joan to take him the next morning?
(a) To their old home in Nyack.
(b) To visit their sons.
(c) To Yale to reminisce about their first meeting.
(d) To the seal island to see the seals.

3. On what did men sit while drinking coffee outside the general store?
(a) Old church pews.
(b) Rocking chairs.
(c) Wrought iron enches.
(d) Milk cartons.

4. How far of a bike ride from Joan's home was the general store?
(a) Five miles.
(b) Two miles.
(c) Ten miles.
(d) One mile.

5. What things did Joan notice during her bicycle ride in Chapter 14, Safe Harbor?
(a) The traffic in the town.
(b) The friendliness of everyone she met.
(c) The sights and scents of nature.
(d) The number of tourists at Cape Cod.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How did Joan think the seals had influenced her life?

3. In Chapter 11, Ebb and Flow, who came to Cape Cod to shoot a film?

4. Why did Joan decide not to write in her journal on the seal island?

5. How many buckets of clams did Joan set as her goal for her first day of clamming?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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. 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?

5. How did Joshua Cahoon help Joan learn clamming?

6. 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?

7. Describe the retirement party Joan gave for her husband and how pleased her husband was with it.

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

9. What symbolism did Joan see in the sandbar?

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

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