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

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

3. In daydreams in his jail cell, Kabuo wanders around

4. What does the red foam from Carl's mouth indicate?

5. Ishmael wants very much to talk to

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What kind of lawyer is Nels Gudmundsson?

6. Ishmael's experience at war is as horrendous as it gets. What is his attitude toward Hatsue by now, and why?

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

8. Why does Hatsue's mother tear up the letter she has written to Ishmael's parents?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At one point in this story, Ishmael feels a certain strange fondness for his memories of the very worst moments of his life, as well as for the sense of chaos around him. This phenomenon has surfaced from other soldiers who have been at the front lines of battle. At the library, look find the book entitled "The World Within War" by Gerald Linderman. In Chapter 6, Linderman describes what may seem barbaric to some, but what may be familiar to some shell-shocked soldiers -- a certain delight in destruction. Read this chapter and compare with Guterman's description of Ishmael Chambers in Chapter 30 of "Snow Falling on Cedars." Teach your readers about this rather astonishing concept.

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

Roosevelt swiftly and effectively reacted to Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor. Do a research essay and write about Roosevelt and his response to the Japanese, what followed and the eventual result. Did Roosevelt have a high popularity rating in America at this time. Did he handle the war effectively and in the best way possible? Take a position.

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