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

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

3. Alvin Hooks' inappropriate behavior brings to the jury's attention
(a) Kabuo's reputation for lying
(b) Kabuo's expressionless poker face
(c) Kabuo's lovely wife
(d) Kabuo's inferior ancestry

4. Kabuo had felt he should be silent about events with Carl Heine
(a) Until Hatsue was able to tell her story
(b) Until he was able to get an attorney
(c) Because the laws could change
(d) Until after the dust had settled

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Reading, for Nels, causes a flareup of his

2. Outside, as the snowfall diminishes, Ishmael notices

3. Did island fishermen go aboard one another's boats out in the water?

4. Carl Heine and Susan Marie Heine's marriage was a relationship based on

5. Jury instructions from the trial judge are intended to

Short Essay Questions

1. What is peculiar about islanders and their relationships?

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

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

4. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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