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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. Susan Marie understands that Carl Heine needed
(a) Time to himself
(b) A lot of space
(c) A boat to escape in
(d) A large strawberry crop

2. Nels Gundersson gets Dr. Whitman to admit that the blood on the gaff is likely from
(a) Kabuo Miyamoto's hand
(b) The head of Carl Heine
(c) The wound to Carl Heine's hand
(d) The salmon Carl caught

3. Giving the Imadas a ride home in the snow, Ishmael learns that
(a) Hatsue is staying with her family during the trial
(b) Hatsue has moved to a different town
(c) Hatsue is getting a divorce
(d) Hatsue and her children are in danger

4. When Ishmael begged Hatsue to hold him
(a) She refuses to do so
(b) She tells him again she does not love him
(c) She looks at him with disgust and pity
(d) She holds him for just a few minutes

5. Nels Gudmundsson includes in his closing argument an insight into
(a) How different things are when death is near
(b) How fog makes everything distorted
(c) How old age makes one mellower
(d) How injustice is passed through generations

Short Answer Questions

1. Kabuo Miyamoto had not told the truth about helping Carl Heine to anyone but

2. Ishmael's father felt the islanders were forced

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

4. As they leave court, Nels Gudmundsson mentions to Ishmael

5. Mr. Van Ness feels that Alvin Hooks' rendition of the murder is

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 did Kabuo and Hatsue not inform the Sheriff of what they said really happened on the night of Carl Heine's death?

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

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

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

6. Why does Ishmael make a racial slur when Hatsue expresses sympathy for the loss of his arm?

7. What new information does Hatsue provide that sheds a new light on the incident involving Carl Heine?

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

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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