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. When recess is called, Judge Fielding asks

3. Arthur Chambers was an organized man who

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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.

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

4. What is peculiar about islanders and their relationships?

5. Why does Ishmael not take his information from the coast guard directly to Judge Fielding as he figures he father would have done?

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

7. What effect does the power outage have on the ambiance in the courtroom?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Roosevelt swiftly and effectively reacted to Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor. Do a research essay and write about Roosevelt and his response to the Japanese, what followed and the eventual result. Did Roosevelt have a high popularity rating in America at this time. Did he handle the war effectively and in the best way possible? Take a position.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Review Snow Falling on Cedars with an eye toward symbolism. Guterson masterfully plants words and ideas that transport the reader along through the story, and allow us to look back and understand the symbolism that we may have missed as the story unfolds. Focus on one character, such as Hatsue, and analyze each symbolic passage Guterson has created, explaining why he did it and what it means. An example: Note Hatsue's "knife-sharp" pleats and "long darts."

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