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. By pointing out his change of story, Alvin Hooks wants the jury to

2. Before he set out to fish, Kabuo put his hand on the water and

3. Carl and Susan Marie live in a

4. When recess is called, Judge Fielding asks

5. As they leave court, Nels Gudmundsson mentions to Ishmael

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What new information does Hatsue provide that sheds a new light on the incident involving Carl Heine?

3. Hooks makes a significant misjudgment in his closing argument as he paints a scenario of Kabuo luring Carl Heine in by faking an emergency. Discuss his mistakes.

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

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

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

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

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

9. What does Guterson mean when he says that, "...the prosecutor, knew well the value of a Susan Marie Heine."

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Find another form of Japanese stick fighting besides Kendo, and write a lesson plan for someone who wants to learn it. Provide a bit of background and history, as well as some graphics that demonstrate the moves and the weapon.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

If you live by the ocean, this should be an easy assignment. What are some of the disadvantages to living close to the seashore? Write a paper for someone in the Midwest who has never seen the ocean, and describe the hardships and difficulties of living on a coastline. Be convincing.

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