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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. Did island fishermen go aboard one another's boats out in the water?
(a) Often to help with the fish
(b) Only in secret
(c) Frequently for parties
(d) Only in an emergency

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

3. Sheriff Moran warns Ed Soames not to tell people
(a) About what he heard regarding Carl's body
(b) That he had gone to see Susan Marie
(c) About a search warrant
(d) That he is visiting the judge about the Heine case

4. The jurors cannot convict the defendant if there remains in their minds
(a) A premeditated decision
(b) Any anger toward the defendant
(c) A prejudice against Japanese
(d) A reasonable doubt

5. Ishmael does not feel his mother can understand his
(a) Remorse for his actions
(b) Emotional coldness
(c) Rage for Hatsue
(d) Prejudice against Japanese

Short Answer Questions

1. The persistent wind from this current storm makes the islanders

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

3. The best argument against the prosecution is that

4. Ishmael had always pretended that his visits to his mother's home

5. Kabuo had felt he should be silent about events with Carl Heine

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Alvin Hooks' motivation in trying to convict Kabuo? How would winning the case benefit Nels Gudmundsson?

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

3. What is the irony behind the power failure in the middle of this trial?

4. 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?

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

6. What is it that keeps Alexander Van Ness from agreeing to convict Kabuo Miyamoto?

7. Learning that Carl has kept Kabuo's fishing rod all these years suggests that Kabuo might be telling the truth? Explain this.

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

9. 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.

10. What finally inspires Ishmael to take the Coast Guard report to Hatsue?

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