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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. Nels Gudmundsson is
(a) The prosecuting attorney
(b) The sitting judge
(c) Kabuo's attorney
(d) The court recorder

2. Ishmael wants very much to talk to
(a) The defendant's father
(b) The defendant's son
(c) The defendant, himself
(d) The defendant's wife

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

4. Ishmael's father prints instructions in his paper about
(a) What to do in an air raid
(b) How to evacuate the island
(c) How to duck and cover if attacked
(d) How to pilot a boat if necessary

5. Hatsue's father is frightened by the Pearl Harbor news and
(a) Takes cover in the family's basement
(b) Searches the sky for planes
(c) Makes the family turn out the lights
(d) Arms himself with swords and knives

Short Answer Questions

1. As a coroner, Horace Whaley

2. In the time of the Japanese islanders' grandparents, the U.S. census

3. In daydreams in his jail cell, Kabuo wanders around

4. During the time that Kabuo is in jail

5. Carl Heine suggests that his wife, Etta, has

Short Essay Questions

1. 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.

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

3. How does Kabuo enter into Hatsue's life?

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

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

6. Ishmael's experience at war is as horrendous as it gets. What is his attitude toward Hatsue by now, and why?

7. What kind of lawyer is Nels Gudmundsson?

8. Why does Guterman get so graphic about the sex lives of Carl and Susan Marie Heine?

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

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

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