Snow Falling on Cedars Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Ishmael's father, as the local newspaper owner,

2. Hatsue visits the hollow cedar throughout her childhood to

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

4. Carl Heine is described as being

5. San Piedro's hills are green with

Short Essay Questions

1. This chapter is full of symbolism. What is the most sensual event that Guterson describes between Hatsue and Ishmael?

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

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

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

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

7. What interrupts the Miyamotos' purchase of seven acres of the Heines' property

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

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

10. What effect does the power outage have on the ambiance in the courtroom?

Essay Topics

Review Snow Falling on Cedars with an eye toward symbolism. Guterson masterfully plants words and ideas that transport the reader along through the story, and allow us to look back and understand the symbolism that we may have missed as the story unfolds. Focus on one character, such as Hatsue, and analyze each symbolic passage Guterson has created, explaining why he did it and what it means. An example: Note Hatsue's "knife-sharp" pleats and "long darts."

Find another form of Japanese stick fighting besides Kendo, and write a lesson plan for someone who wants to learn it. Provide a bit of background and history, as well as some graphics that demonstrate the moves and the weapon.

With illustrations and an essay, teach us about women's clothing in 1943, especially the clothing that would help us understand the knife-pleats and long darts of Hatsue Miyamoto's outfits that she wore to her husband's trial. Try to find old newspaper ads, and provide details as to fabrics and embellishments.

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