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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. With fog as thick as it was on the night that Carl Heine died, it was easy to
(a) Become lost for days
(b) Bump into other boats
(c) Become totally disoriented
(d) Scoop up lots of salmon

2. Ole Jurgensen told Art that Kabuo had left his home
(a) Sad and distraught
(b) With indifference
(c) Hopping mad
(d) On a mission

3. Outside, as the snowfall diminishes, Ishmael notices
(a) The blind chaos in the world
(b) The debris and mess from the wind
(c) How bright the sun has become
(d) Things remain the same

4. When recess is called, Judge Fielding asks
(a) Soames to get him some lunch
(b) The lawyers to meet with him privately
(c) Soames to find firewood for heat
(d) The lawyers to take a long break

5. The best argument against the prosecution is that
(a) Kabuo fought for the US in the war
(b) Kabuo was accused because he is Japanese
(c) Kabuo's desire for farming was not that strong
(d) Kabuo is not capable of committing a crime

Short Answer Questions

1. Jury instructions from the trial judge are intended to

2. Before he set out to fish, Kabuo put his hand on the water and

3. Judge Fielding acknowledges that Etta Heine is

4. Hatsue testifies that the morning of Carl Heine's death, Kabuo came home

5. Ishmael goes to the Coast Guard station intending to look at

Short Essay Questions

1. Although things are looking a little better for Kabuo, his story is once again compromised by a question from Alvin Hooks. Explain how he damages his testimony in this chapter.

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

3. Why does the author refer more than once to the smell of snow?

4. What is the glimmer of hope that comes from Susan Marie's testimony?

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

6. Explain how Carl's blood ended up on the handle of Kabuo's fishing gaff.

7. The idea of inclement weather has been woven throughout the story, including the heavy snowfall that has caused problems during the trial of Kabuo Miyamoto. What inspires Ishmael's decision to check with the coast guard about weather conditions at the time of Carl Heine's demise?

8. What effect does the power outage have on the ambiance in the courtroom?

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

10. What scenario has prosecutor, Alvin Hooks, cooked up to try to bolster his case against Kabuo?

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