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. The persistent wind from this current storm makes the islanders

2. Evidence that will turn the case completely around is found by the Sheriff

3. Just as the Sheriff appeared with a search warrant, Kabuo had

4. After the war, Hatsue remembers the night that Kabuo

5. Kabuo is arrested due to the

Short Essay Questions

1. Things are looking grim for Kabuo Miyamoto. Why does the fishing gaff appear to be the perfect weapon for Kabuo to have used to murder Carl Heine, Jr.

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

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

4. What is the glimmer of hope that comes from Susan Marie's testimony?

5. 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.

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

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

8. 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.

9. Describe Ishmael's experience as he views the devastation from the storm, the sunken docks and ravaged town. What does it mean?

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

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 2

Take a position and write an essay on the following: Is the U.S. government paying proper and sufficient attention to the psychological effects on soldiers returning from war? Support your answers with research and facts.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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