Snow Falling on Cedars Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Many Japanese workers sent money to Japan to buy

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

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

4. Amity Harbor is

5. Kabuo Miyamoto's demeanor at his trial reveals

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Besides having to dissect dead bodies, why is Horace Whaley's job particularly difficult?

4. Why does Hatsue ignore Ishmael at school?

5. What finally inspires Ishmael to take the Coast Guard report to Hatsue?

6. What scenario has prosecutor, Alvin Hooks, cooked up to try to bolster his case against Kabuo?

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

8. Why would Horace Whaley even consider that someone of Japanese descent had hit Carl Heine in the head?

9. Why does Guterman get so graphic about the sex lives of Carl and Susan Marie Heine?

10. Nels Gudmundsson makes a fascinating statement about Hooks' tactics with regard to racism. Discuss this.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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."

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