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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. Etta Heine testifies that her family and the Miyamotos were

2. Nels Gudmundsson is

3. What does Hatsue do when Ishmael proposes marriage?

4. Ishmael's job as a marine was that of

5. Nels Gundersson gets Horace Whaley to admit that

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What has caused Ishmael Chambers to be so cynical?

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

4. What makes Hatsue and Ishmael close?

5. In most of the anecdotes of snow-related catastrophes on the island, Guterson uses the opportunity to remind us of the folksy nature of this small-town community. Identify some of those instances.

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

7. Why does Hatsue's mother tear up the letter she has written to Ishmael's parents?

8. Does the idea of a Japanese Strawberry Princess strike you as odd? Why were the princesses never Swedish or Norwegian or other nationalities?

9. Describe the situation between Hatsue and Ishmael after the Pearl Harbor attack.

10. What is the agreement made between Zenhichi Miyamoto and Carl Heine, Sr.?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

At one point in this story, Ishmael feels a certain strange fondness for his memories of the very worst moments of his life, as well as for the sense of chaos around him. This phenomenon has surfaced from other soldiers who have been at the front lines of battle. At the library, look find the book entitled "The World Within War" by Gerald Linderman. In Chapter 6, Linderman describes what may seem barbaric to some, but what may be familiar to some shell-shocked soldiers -- a certain delight in destruction. Read this chapter and compare with Guterman's description of Ishmael Chambers in Chapter 30 of "Snow Falling on Cedars." Teach your readers about this rather astonishing concept.

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