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. Revisiting the old cedar tree of his youth, Ishmael realizes clearly that

3. In court, Judge Fielding appears to be

4. Arthur Chambers was an organized man who

5. Kabuo and Carl make a deal for the seven acres, and seal it with

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Guterson mean when he says that, "...the prosecutor, knew well the value of a Susan Marie Heine."

2. What is peculiar about islanders and their relationships?

3. What, ultimately, could have been Carl Heine's greatest failing, according to Ishmael?

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

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

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

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

8. 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.

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

10. 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?

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

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 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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