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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Horace Whaley testifies that the cut to Carl's hand was

2. As a gesture toward his customers, Einar Petersen offered

3. Kabuo feels he will be exiled from his family in order to

4. When Carl Heine's boat was found,

5. On the first afternoon of the trial, the Japanese driver of the disabled school bus

Short Essay Questions

1. What kind of lawyer is Nels Gudmundsson?

2. Although serious, this trial still has the feel of a small town affair. What are some reasons for that?

3. What was the convincing factor in Sheriff Moran's decision to get a search warrant for Kabuo's boat?

4. What makes Hatsue and Ishmael close?

5. Why do the Japanese sit at the back of the courtroom in Amity Harbor?

6. How does Kabuo enter into Hatsue's life?

7. Discuss the ironies of the war activities Ishmael was involved in when he was injured.

8. Ishmael's experience at war is as horrendous as it gets. What is his attitude toward Hatsue by now, and why?

9. What stops Ishmael and Hatsue from having sexual relations in the hollow tree?

10. Why is Ishmael forced to pretend he does not have feelings for Hatsue?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Guterman mentions that occasionally Canadian Indians came across the border to help with the strawberry harvest in the islands off of Washington. Research and write an expository essay about these temporary workers, and teach your reader everything you can about their lifestyle and their culture. This may take some library research. Find out the names of the tribes or bands -- choose one island if necessary, such as Bainbridge, and learn what you can about the history of Indian pickers and processors.

Essay Topic 2

Review Hatsue's childhood in this book and join the Imada family in your imagination. Write an essay about the Imadas' lifestyle and determine whether it is one that you could tolerate or not. Were there certain choices made by the Imadas that made life more difficult for them, or were they totally at the mercy of their circumstances? What about their lives is pleasant, and what is not?

Essay Topic 3

Research and write an in-depth essay about the Japanese internment camps in the US during World War II. If possible, find someone to interview who has some childhood memories of the experience and interview him or her. Has the US, in your opinion, reconsidered its decision to place people in camps when their native country is at war with us? Has it reconsidered the decisions that were made back then? Is there a general consensus about the advisability of such a program? If possible, include some photos.

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