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. Kabuo Miyamoto wants to be a fisherman

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

3. Helen Chambers suggests that Ishmael

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

5. Kabuo thinks his fate is sealed because

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is peculiar about islanders and their relationships?

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

6. What is the glimmer of hope that comes from Susan Marie's testimony?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In this story, Tom Peck raises blue foxes on his island farm. Is blue fox still raised today? If so, for what is it used and how? Is it endangered? Research and write about the current state of the blue fox - where they live, what they eat, their predators and if they are under the control of humans. Include a photo or other image with your report.

Essay Topic 2

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."

Essay Topic 3

Find another form of Japanese stick fighting besides Kendo, and write a lesson plan for someone who wants to learn it. Provide a bit of background and history, as well as some graphics that demonstrate the moves and the weapon.

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