Snow Falling on Cedars Test | Final 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. Helen Chambers suggests that Ishmael

2. When Hooks excuses Hatsue, she is prevented from

3. Helen Chambers reminds Ishmael to remember all the facts so that he can

4. In court, Judge Fielding appears to be

5. After the jury is excused, Ishmael contemplates his

Short Essay Questions

1. What is it that keeps Alexander Van Ness from agreeing to convict Kabuo Miyamoto?

2. Why does Moran suspect the blow to Carl Heine's head was from a kendo stick?

3. Describe what Ishmael discovered in the Coast Guard radioman's notes.

4. Explain how Carl's blood ended up on the handle of Kabuo's fishing gaff.

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

6. What is peculiar about islanders and their relationships?

7. Why does Ishmael not take his information from the coast guard directly to Judge Fielding as he figures he father would have done?

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

9. What, ultimately, could have been Carl Heine's greatest failing, according to Ishmael?

10. What is the reason for Art Moran's visit to Judge Lew Fielding in this chapter?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What brought the Japanese to the Northwestern corner of the U.S.? How did they get there, and why? Is there still a considerable Japanese population in the island off of Washington state? What is the Japanese population in Washington, in general? Where is the highest concentration? Compare the two cultures and give your opinions on why people such as the Japanese would want to live in the U.S.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Among so many other topics, Guterson touches on what it is like to have a physical deficit, such as Ishmael's missing arm. Write a persuasive argument about whether we, as a culture, provide sufficient conveniences for those with disabilities. Look up the ADA (Americans With Disabilities Act), and determine whether the laws that govern public places have taken into account people like Ishmael Chambers, who is forced to do everything with one arm and hand.

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