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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. After the Pearl Harbor attack, the Japanese on San Piedro Island

2. Upon seeing Carl Heine's corpse, Abel Martinson

3. Kabuo feels he will be exiled from his family in order to

4. The U.S. Relocation Authority announced that Japanese islanders

5. After the kiss on the beach, Ishmael finds himself

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Kabuo's attorney, Nels, challenge him to a game of chess before they discuss the case?

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

3. Why would reporters from out of town be attending Miyamoto's trial?

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

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

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

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

8. Why does Hatsue ignore Ishmael at school?

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

10. When the aging Ole finally sold his farm, to whom did he sell it?

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

Cedar trees are some of the most magical, aromatic trees on earth. Research cedars and report on where they thrive, their size and environment, their uses and their native habitats. Include photos and, if you live near cedars, a small frond of the fragrant tree. Include any threats to cedars, as well as what conditions make them thrive. Let your imagination help you better understand the atmosphere in the hollow cedar tree, and write about that, as well.

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