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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. Ishmael, as a boy, tells Hatsue that the oceans

2. When Ishmael complains about the Japanese,

3. During the time that Kabuo is in jail

4. Twelve years later, Hatsue, ironically, sees Ishmael with

5. The knife sheath found on Carl Heine's body

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What was the convincing factor in Sheriff Moran's decision to get a search warrant for Kabuo's boat?

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

4. What is the reason for Art Moran's visit to Judge Lew Fielding in this chapter?

5. Why does Ishmael not take his information from the coast guard directly to Judge Fielding as he figures he father would have done?

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

7. What is Alvin Hooks' motivation in trying to convict Kabuo? How would winning the case benefit Nels Gudmundsson?

8. Why was Ole Jurgensen unwilling to hand over the Miyamoto's seven acres to Kabuo?

9. Does Sergeant Maples have any personal motives for seeming to incriminate Kabuo in his testimony?

10. How does Kabuo enter into Hatsue's life?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Review Snow Falling on Cedars with an eye toward symbolism. Guterson masterfully plants words and ideas that transport the reader along through the story, and allow us to look back and understand the symbolism that we may have missed as the story unfolds. Focus on one character, such as Hatsue, and analyze each symbolic passage Guterson has created, explaining why he did it and what it means. An example: Note Hatsue's "knife-sharp" pleats and "long darts."

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Guterman mentions that occasionally Canadian Indians came across the border to help with the strawberry harvest in the islands off of Washington. Research and write an expository essay about these temporary workers, and teach your reader everything you can about their lifestyle and their culture. This may take some library research. Find out the names of the tribes or bands -- choose one island if necessary, such as Bainbridge, and learn what you can about the history of Indian pickers and processors.

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