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. Dr. Whitman has done an examination of

2. Ishmael allows himself to remember

3. Kabuo had felt he should be silent about events with Carl Heine

4. When Hooks excuses Hatsue, she is prevented from

5. Ishmael Chambers suffers from

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. The idea of inclement weather has been woven throughout the story, including the heavy snowfall that has caused problems during the trial of Kabuo Miyamoto. What inspires Ishmael's decision to check with the coast guard about weather conditions at the time of Carl Heine's demise?

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

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

6. 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.

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

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. 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

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 2

Guterman mentions that occasionally Canadian Indians came across the border to help with the strawberry harvest in the islands off of Washington. Research and write an expository essay about these temporary workers, and teach your reader everything you can about their lifestyle and their culture. This may take some library research. Find out the names of the tribes or bands -- choose one island if necessary, such as Bainbridge, and learn what you can about the history of Indian pickers and processors.

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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