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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) Become totally disoriented
(c) Scoop up lots of salmon
(d) Bump into other boats

2. Kabuo Miyamoto had not told the truth about helping Carl Heine to anyone but
(a) His attorney
(b) His mother
(c) His wife
(d) The Sheriff

3. Ishmael's mother, Helen Chambers, is
(a) A capable and vital woman
(b) A reclusive bookworm
(c) A religious fanatic
(d) A decrepit and sickly woman

4. Reviewing the errands he must run due to the storm, Ishmael plans to
(a) Borrow the printing press in the Seattle office
(b) Offer Hatsue and her family a ride
(c) Get a storm report from the Coast Guard station
(d) Go into Anacortes for the national news

5. The persistent wind from this current storm makes the islanders
(a) Paranoid and skittish
(b) Cold and hungry
(c) Withdrawn and distant
(d) Irritable and impatient

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Hatsue hoped that having children would help Kabuo

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

4. Ishmael learns that the seamen who were on duty the night of Carl's death

5. What is now discovered about Carl's boat that the Sheriff missed earlier?

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

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

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

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

6. 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.

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

9. What is peculiar about islanders and their relationships?

10. 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.

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