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. Why does Kabuo constantly look inward at himself?

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

3. Sheriff Moran testifies that he

4. The Queen of the Strawberry Festival is always a

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why was Ole Jurgensen unwilling to hand over the Miyamoto's seven acres to Kabuo?

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

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

4. What kind of lawyer is Nels Gudmundsson?

5. Why does Kabuo's attorney, Nels, challenge him to a game of chess before they discuss the case?

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

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

8. What was the convincing factor in Sheriff Moran's decision to get a search warrant for Kabuo's boat?

9. When the aging Ole finally sold his farm, to whom did he sell it?

10. Does the idea of a Japanese Strawberry Princess strike you as odd? Why were the princesses never Swedish or Norwegian or other nationalities?

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

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 3

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.

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