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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 did Joan fear losing if she reunited with her husband?
(a) Her self-confidence.
(b) Her new friends.
(c) Her job at the fish market.
(d) Her autonomy.

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

3. What did the T-shirt Joan wore on the seal island say?
(a) This is what it looks like to be fifty.
(b) I love me.
(c) I am woman.
(d) I love Cape Cod.

4. What gift did Joan receive from her daughter-in-law on Memorial Day?
(a) A book of poems.
(b) A bouquet of flowers.
(c) A hand--painted sign that said "Tradition".
(d) A necklace.

5. Why did Joan feel that her previous hiking adventures had not tested her independence?
(a) Someone besides herself had paid for her previous trips.
(b) They were easy trips without physical challenges.
(c) She was a child on her previous trips.
(d) She went on the trips with others rather than going alone.

Short Answer Questions

1. What action made the clams spit, i.e. make holes in the sand that revealed where they were?

2. How did Joan describe her bicycle?

3. What did Hazel cook Joan for breakfast?

4. How much money did it cost to replace Joan's broken appliance?

5. How many pounds of clams did Joshua Cahoon like to dig in a single day?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

5. What spiritual lesson did Joan learn from clamming?

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 a sign in front of the Methodist Church make Joan reflect upon her marriage?

8. What did Joan take with her to the seal island in Chapter 15, Wild and Salty, and how did what she took on this trip show her growth since her initial trip to the island?

9. What was the Cape Cod general store like, and what did being there help Joan decide about her stay in the community?

10. To where did Joan ride her bike in Chapter 14, Safe Harbor, and how did she like the experience?

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