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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's father, as the local newspaper owner,

2. Hatsue visits the hollow cedar throughout her childhood to

3. Horace Whaley testifies that the cut to Carl's hand was

4. Carl Heine is described as being

5. San Piedro's hills are green with

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Discuss the ironies of the war activities Ishmael was involved in when he was injured.

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

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

9. Why does Ishmael make a racial slur when Hatsue expresses sympathy for the loss of his arm?

10. What effect does the power outage have on the ambiance in the courtroom?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

What did you learn about the legal system from this book, if anything? Guterson portrays the trial as fairly routine, with opening statements, examination and cross examination of witnesses, closing arguments, jury instructions and verdict. Look up the term "legal discovery" on the web, and determine how things have changed in our legal system since 1942. Is our system more efficient now? If so, in what ways? If not, in what ways? Are we more sophisticated in our legal process than before?

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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