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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. Life at Manzanar is
(a) Like a spiritual gathering
(b) Difficult and dirty
(c) Good for children
(d) A challenge, but pleasant

2. Ishmael Chambers returned from the war
(a) Unable to walk
(b) Missing an arm
(c) Unscathed
(d) With brain injuries

3. Hatsue's mother is upset and decides to
(a) Write to Hatsue's father
(b) Write to Ishmael's parents
(c) Write to Kabuo about Hatsue
(d) Confiscate Sumiko's mail

4. The abusive sergeant from J Company who lectured the men at the seawall
(a) Was shot through the spine
(b) Lost his leg
(c) Was saved by a medic
(d) Crawled away and hid by the wall

5. Virginia Gatewood looked, to Ishmael, like
(a) An alcoholic scarecrow
(b) A ragged mackinaw
(c) Ragged blue dinosaur
(d) A disabled laborer

Short Answer Questions

1. Enlisting in the army, for Kabuo, was a matter of

2. What does the red foam from Carl's mouth indicate?

3. San Piedro's hills are green with

4. In the courtroom, the Japanese attendees sat

5. Hatsue ends her relationship with Ishmael by

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Guterson mean when he says that, "...the prosecutor, knew well the value of a Susan Marie Heine."

2. Why does Hatsue's mother tear up the letter she has written to Ishmael's parents?

3. Describe Ishmael's experience as he views the devastation from the storm, the sunken docks and ravaged town. What does it mean?

4. What is the reason for Art Moran's visit to Judge Lew Fielding in this chapter?

5. Things are looking grim for Kabuo Miyamoto. Why does the fishing gaff appear to be the perfect weapon for Kabuo to have used to murder Carl Heine, Jr.

6. Hooks makes a significant misjudgment in his closing argument as he paints a scenario of Kabuo luring Carl Heine in by faking an emergency. Discuss his mistakes.

7. Why does Kabuo's attorney, Nels, challenge him to a game of chess before they discuss the case?

8. How does the author foreshadow a turn of events in the trial?

9. Why did Kabuo and Hatsue not inform the Sheriff of what they said really happened on the night of Carl Heine's death?

10. What, ultimately, could have been Carl Heine's greatest failing, according to Ishmael?

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