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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. Ole Jurgensen told Art that Kabuo had left his home

2. Helen Chambers suggests that Ishmael

3. At the trial, Susan Marie's demeanor inspires

4. Reading, for Nels, causes a flareup of his

5. As a husband, Carl Heine, Jr. was

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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.

4. How does the author foreshadow a turn of events in the trial?

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

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

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

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

9. Why does Guterman get so graphic about the sex lives of Carl and Susan Marie Heine?

10. 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.

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

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

Cedar trees are some of the most magical, aromatic trees on earth. Research cedars and report on where they thrive, their size and environment, their uses and their native habitats. Include photos and, if you live near cedars, a small frond of the fragrant tree. Include any threats to cedars, as well as what conditions make them thrive. Let your imagination help you better understand the atmosphere in the hollow cedar tree, and write about that, as well.

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