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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. Hatsue's father is frightened by the Pearl Harbor news and

2. Many Japanese workers sent money to Japan to buy

3. Kabuo Miyamoto's demeanor at his trial reveals

4. The islanders know that the outcome of this storm

5. Ishmael's illness in South Carolina allowed him to

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What kind of lawyer is Nels Gudmundsson?

3. Things are looking grim for Kabuo Miyamoto. Why does the fishing gaff appear to be the perfect weapon for Kabuo to have used to murder Carl Heine, Jr.

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

5. Besides having to dissect dead bodies, why is Horace Whaley's job particularly difficult?

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

7. What is it that keeps Alexander Van Ness from agreeing to convict Kabuo Miyamoto?

8. Why did Kabuo and Hatsue not inform the Sheriff of what they said really happened on the night of Carl Heine's death?

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

10. We learn that Carl Heine is a precise, organized and capable man. Can you think of a reason that the author is giving us such a detailed description of a deceased person?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Carl Heine's accident is one that the Coast Guard missed entirely. Research historical Coast Guard rescues, and summarize their stories. What is the biggest challenge for the Coast Guard, and how have they dealt with obstacles that confront them? Wrap up your essay with a critical review of the coast guard, and determine whether they are an important branch of the military or whether they are just a lookout crew.

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

Among so many other topics, Guterson touches on what it is like to have a physical deficit, such as Ishmael's missing arm. Write a persuasive argument about whether we, as a culture, provide sufficient conveniences for those with disabilities. Look up the ADA (Americans With Disabilities Act), and determine whether the laws that govern public places have taken into account people like Ishmael Chambers, who is forced to do everything with one arm and hand.

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