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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. Hatsue testifies that the morning of Carl Heine's death, Kabuo came home

2. After the war Hatsue learned to live with

3. Kabuo Miyamoto had not told the truth about helping Carl Heine to anyone but

4. Ishmael learns that the seamen who were on duty the night of Carl's death

5. After the jury is excused, Ishmael contemplates his

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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.

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

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

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

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

8. 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.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Research and write an in-depth essay about the Japanese internment camps in the US during World War II. If possible, find someone to interview who has some childhood memories of the experience and interview him or her. Has the US, in your opinion, reconsidered its decision to place people in camps when their native country is at war with us? Has it reconsidered the decisions that were made back then? Is there a general consensus about the advisability of such a program? If possible, include some photos.

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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