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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

Where in our country is the largest concentration of strawberry farming? Research and write an essay on strawberry farming in America. What is the perfect climate and soil for strawberry farming? Is the farming still primarily done by workers of a different nationality? What is the percentage of strawberries that are imported into our country compared with what we grow domestically?

Essay Topic 2

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."

Essay Topic 3

The Japanese diet has always been considered sparse and healthy. Research today's typical diet for the typical Japanese family, both in the US and Japan. Do they have a higher or lower mortality rate? Has their diet changed considerably in the past decades? What are the predominant health problems among Japanese? Americans? Compare and contrast.

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