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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. Alvin Hooks suggests that what really happened out at sea that night was that
(a) Kabuo tried to rob Carl Heine
(b) Kabuo lured Carl Heine to his boat
(c) Kabuo forcefully boarded Carl's boat
(d) Kabuo trapped Carl in his net

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

3. To accommodate ships in heavy fog, the Coast Guard had installed
(a) Sounding boards along the beaches
(b) Louder and more effective foghorns
(c) Flashing warning lights all along the beach
(d) Radar whistle blast buoys

4. In Kabuo's case, the jurors can only consider first degree murder or
(a) Conviction
(b) Manslaughter
(c) Accidental death
(d) Pre-meditated murder

5. Gillanders speculates that Kabuo could not have
(a) Made a forced boarding
(b) Pulled up his own nets
(c) Forced Carl to head back to shore
(d) Forced Carl to board his boat

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How did Carl Heine, Jr. die?

3. Ishmael's speech to his mother about Kabuo includes a great deal of

4. Why didn't Kabuo remember getting an extra battery before he went fishing on the morning of his arrest?

5. After the jury is excused, Ishmael contemplates his

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What is peculiar about islanders and their relationships?

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

7. 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?

8. 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.

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. Explain how Carl's blood ended up on the handle of Kabuo's fishing gaff.

(see the answer keys)

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