Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz 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?
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.
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?
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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