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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. Whaley challenges Art Moran and asks him if he wants to play

2. Fujiko is furious that Hatsue was seeing a white boy, but also because

3. Life at Manzanar is

4. In the time of the Japanese islanders' grandparents, the U.S. census

5. Ishmael Chambers returned from the war

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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.

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

4. What kind of lawyer is Nels Gudmundsson?

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

6. Why does Kabuo's demeanor seem cold and hard?

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

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

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

10. Explain the hysteria on San Piedro Island when the news of the Pearl Harbor attack is announced.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Check out the state of the salmon fishing industry and whether it is thriving or diminishing in the Pacific Northwest. Provide your reader with information regarding the ecological conditions that are required for salmon to thrive, and whether these have changed or improved over the past several decades. In addition, determine salmon's nutritional value, its importance in the human diet and in the diets of its predators.

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