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

2. As a gesture toward his customers, Einar Petersen offered
(a) Donuts
(b) Free coffee
(c) Free canned goods
(d) A warm woodstove

3. When his arm was amputated, Ishmael's anger seems to be directed toward
(a) His mother
(b) Hatsue
(c) The army
(d) The pharmacist

4. Ishmael tells Hatsue her hair smells like
(a) Flowers
(b) Strawberries
(c) Cedar
(d) Clams

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

Short Answer Questions

1. As children, Hatsue and Ishmael hunt together for

2. Ishmael, as a boy, tells Hatsue that the oceans

3. Hatsue tells Ishmael they have both gotten good at

4. The darkness in Carl Heine's personality, as well as in Horace Whaley's is a result of

5. The islanders know that the outcome of this storm

Short Essay Questions

1. We learn that Carl Heine is a precise, organized and capable man. Can you think of a reason that the author is giving us such a detailed description of a deceased person?

2. Besides having to dissect dead bodies, why is Horace Whaley's job particularly difficult?

3. What stops Ishmael and Hatsue from having sexual relations in the hollow tree?

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

5. In most of the anecdotes of snow-related catastrophes on the island, Guterson uses the opportunity to remind us of the folksy nature of this small-town community. Identify some of those instances.

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

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

8. Why would Horace Whaley even consider that someone of Japanese descent had hit Carl Heine in the head?

9. What makes Hatsue and Ishmael close?

10. When the aging Ole finally sold his farm, to whom did he sell it?

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