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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. Kabuo visited Carl Heine to discuss buying back his family's property
(a) Before Carl bought the property from Ole
(b) The day the sign went up on the property
(c) The day after Carl gave Ole Jurgensen earnest money
(d) Five days after Carl bought the property

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

3. Hatsue hoped that having children would help Kabuo
(a) Become more open and giving
(b) Become less obsessed with his dream of farming
(c) Become more focused on something besides himself
(d) Become a better husband and son

4. Why did Hatsue not notify the authorities about Kabuo's deal with Carl Heine, Jr.?
(a) It would complicate the murder trial
(b) It might look like Kabuo murdered Carl
(c) She did not want to upset Susan Marie
(d) She was afraid the deal would fall through

5. As they leave court, Nels Gudmundsson mentions to Ishmael
(a) How much he liked Ishmael's father
(b) What an admirable man he was
(c) That he knew about Ishmael and Hatsue
(d) They should pray for Ishmael's mother

Short Answer Questions

1. Josiah Gillanders, for thirty years has been

2. Ishmael finds among the Coast Guard records for September 15 and 16 that

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

4. After the war, Hatsue remembers the night that Kabuo

5. Gillanders speculates that Kabuo could not have

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. What does Guterson mean when he says that, "...the prosecutor, knew well the value of a Susan Marie Heine."

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

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

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

6. How does the author foreshadow a turn of events in the trial?

7. Describe what Ishmael discovered in the Coast Guard radioman's notes.

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

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

10. 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.

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