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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. Ishmael's illness in South Carolina allowed him to
(a) Gather strength for the war
(b) Rest before he saw combat
(c) Recuperate from his emotional pain
(d) Suffer the way he wanted to

2. The knife sheath found on Carl Heine's body
(a) Was broken
(b) Had twine in it
(c) Held a fishing knife
(d) Was empty

3. Ishmael believes his love for Hatsue is
(a) A mistake
(b) Frightening
(c) Immoral
(d) Preordained

4. Hatsue visits the hollow cedar throughout her childhood to
(a) Think
(b) Make her parents worry
(c) Take daytime naps
(d) Meet boys

5. Why does Horace Whaley suggest that Carl's head wound was from a gun butt or stick?
(a) He immediately wants to incriminate Kabuo
(b) He saw such wounds in the war
(c) He is hoping to find a Japanese killer
(d) He knows Carl knew how to fight with sticks

Short Answer Questions

1. Hatsue's father is frightened by the Pearl Harbor news and

2. When Carl Heine's boat was found,

3. Kabuo Miyamoto's demeanor at his trial reveals

4. As a gesture toward his customers, Einar Petersen offered

5. Land leased by Miyamoto was to go to Kabuo when

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Kabuo's demeanor seem cold and hard?

2. What makes Hatsue and Ishmael close?

3. Does the idea of a Japanese Strawberry Princess strike you as odd? Why were the princesses never Swedish or Norwegian or other nationalities?

4. What has caused Ishmael Chambers to be so cynical?

5. What is the agreement made between Zenhichi Miyamoto and Carl Heine, Sr.?

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

7. This chapter is full of symbolism. What is the most sensual event that Guterson describes between Hatsue and Ishmael?

8. Why does Hatsue ignore Ishmael at school?

9. Describe the situation between Hatsue and Ishmael after the Pearl Harbor attack.

10. Why do the Japanese sit at the back of the courtroom in Amity Harbor?

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