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. Revisiting the old cedar tree of his youth, Ishmael realizes clearly that

2. On the third day of the trial, Nels Gudmundsson has

3. Giving the Imadas a ride home in the snow, Ishmael learns that

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

5. Why didn't Kabuo remember getting an extra battery before he went fishing on the morning of his arrest?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why do you think Ishmael does not tell his mother about the records he found at the Coast Guard office?

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

4. 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.

5. What is the irony behind the power failure in the middle of this trial?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Carl Heine's accident is one that the Coast Guard missed entirely. Research historical Coast Guard rescues, and summarize their stories. What is the biggest challenge for the Coast Guard, and how have they dealt with obstacles that confront them? Wrap up your essay with a critical review of the coast guard, and determine whether they are an important branch of the military or whether they are just a lookout crew.

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

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.

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