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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz 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

The Japanese diet has always been considered sparse and healthy. Research today's typical diet for the typical Japanese family, both in the US and Japan. Do they have a higher or lower mortality rate? Has their diet changed considerably in the past decades? What are the predominant health problems among Japanese? Americans? Compare and contrast.

What brought the Japanese to the Northwestern corner of the U.S.? How did they get there, and why? Is there still a considerable Japanese population in the island off of Washington state? What is the Japanese population in Washington, in general? Where is the highest concentration? Compare the two cultures and give your opinions on why people such as the Japanese would want to live in the U.S.

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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