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. While the Sheriff reads the shorthand notes on the Coast Guard report

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

3. Ishmael Chambers suffers from

4. Before Kabuo could come forward with his story of the events on the boat with Carl Heine,

5. The persistent wind from this current storm makes the islanders

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Why does Ishmael make a racial slur when Hatsue expresses sympathy for the loss of his arm?

7. What scenario has prosecutor, Alvin Hooks, cooked up to try to bolster his case against Kabuo?

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

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

10. 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.

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

Review Hatsue's childhood in this book and join the Imada family in your imagination. Write an essay about the Imadas' lifestyle and determine whether it is one that you could tolerate or not. Were there certain choices made by the Imadas that made life more difficult for them, or were they totally at the mercy of their circumstances? What about their lives is pleasant, and what is not?

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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