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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. Although Ishmael claims to love her, Hatsue wants to be

2. Susan Marie Heine says that she knew

3. Sumiko intervenes in Hatsue's life by

4. During the time that Kabuo is in jail

5. Land leased by Miyamoto was to go to Kabuo when

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What new information does Hatsue provide that sheds a new light on the incident involving Carl Heine?

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

5. What does Guterson mean when he says that, "...the prosecutor, knew well the value of a Susan Marie Heine."

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

7. Describe Ishmael's experience as he views the devastation from the storm, the sunken docks and ravaged town. What does it mean?

8. Describe Amity Harbor. Is it an upscale town? Does it seem inviting?

9. Why were Japanese citizens being arrested in the US?

10. Although things are looking a little better for Kabuo, his story is once again compromised by a question from Alvin Hooks. Explain how he damages his testimony in this chapter.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

World War II was devastating in so many ways. Although this story is not a war story, the war and its effects are threaded throughout, affecting everyone in San Piedro Island. Write an essay, choosing three characters, and expand on the ways that the war affects their lives, their decisions, their thinking and their actions.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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