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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 thinks his fate is sealed because
(a) Susan Marie was not sure about him
(b) He has been so quiet about Carl Heine
(c) He is hated for being Japanese
(d) His wife has told the truth on the stand

2. Sitting at the Coast Guard office Ishmael's thoughts go back to
(a) Hid parents and their relationship
(b) His encounters with Carl Heine
(c) His childhood days with Hatsue
(d) Earlier encounters with Hatsue after the war

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

4. After the war, Hatsue remembers the night that Kabuo
(a) Kabuo dressed like a bugeisha
(b) Learned the art of Kendo stick fighting
(c) Retrieved the buried family treasures
(d) Disappeared into the rainy night

5. Hatsue testifies that after Kabuo's initial meeting with Carl Heine, Jr., Kabuo was
(a) Hopeful
(b) Angry
(c) Disappointed
(d) Afraid

Short Answer Questions

1. At the trial, Susan Marie's demeanor inspires

2. Fisherman leapfrogging one another's nets are said to be

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

4. Hatsue hoped that having children would help Kabuo

5. In court, Judge Fielding appears to be

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Moran suspect the blow to Carl Heine's head was from a kendo stick?

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

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

4. Nels Gudmundsson makes a fascinating statement about Hooks' tactics with regard to racism. Discuss this.

5. Why does Ishmael not take his information from the coast guard directly to Judge Fielding as he figures he father would have done?

6. What is peculiar about islanders and their relationships?

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

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

9. Hooks makes a significant misjudgment in his closing argument as he paints a scenario of Kabuo luring Carl Heine in by faking an emergency. Discuss his mistakes.

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

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