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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 did Hatsue not notify the authorities about Kabuo's deal with Carl Heine, Jr.?

2. Ishmael finds among the Coast Guard records for September 15 and 16 that

3. Arthur Chambers was an organized man who

4. Ole Jurgensen told Art that Kabuo had left his home

5. Ishmael's primary goal for this day is to

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Does Sergeant Maples have any personal motives for seeming to incriminate Kabuo in his testimony?

3. Why does the author refer more than once to the smell of snow?

4. Although things are looking a little better for Kabuo, his story is once again compromised by a question from Alvin Hooks. Explain how he damages his testimony in this chapter.

5. Learning that Carl has kept Kabuo's fishing rod all these years suggests that Kabuo might be telling the truth? Explain this.

6. Nels Gudmundsson makes a fascinating statement about Hooks' tactics with regard to racism. Discuss this.

7. Why did Kabuo and Hatsue not inform the Sheriff of what they said really happened on the night of Carl Heine's death?

8. Why does Guterman get so graphic about the sex lives of Carl and Susan Marie Heine?

9. What finally inspires Ishmael to take the Coast Guard report to Hatsue?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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?

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