Snow Falling on Cedars Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Describe Amity Harbor. Is it an upscale town? Does it seem inviting?

Amity Harbor is described as a small fishing town that was once full of optimism about its seaport future. Its Victorian mansions are decrepit, and the town only has one grocery store, a cemetery, a courthouse and a few other businesses. It is certainly not upscale, and Guterson gives the impression that the town is a bit depressing. With such a small population, it is probably something of a closed community, and thus, may not be very open to newcomers.

2. Why would reporters from out of town be attending Miyamoto's trial?

A murder trial in an area like Northwest Washington is a very big deal, especially when it has occurred in such a small town. In a place like Amity Harbor, it is a rare event, a cause for curiosity and makes good news.

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