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Chapter 1 - 4 Questions
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The first sentence shows Kabuo sitting with "rigid grace," almost an oxymoron. What does that tell us about Kabuo?
He is sitting very relaxed and unforced. He is naturally rigid.
What do the descriptions of the courtroom and the jurors add to our knowledge of the setting?
Everything is dull, the jurors have blank expressions, it is depressing.
In addition to the snow, mentioned above, the rain and the roads are also personified. What significance does this lend to the island and to nature?
The nature makes up the island. It is peaceful but depressing. Kabuo has missed the change of seasons while he was in jail.
The island's history and description are important. Why? What do you learn from this?
They island had a brief moment of violence, but since then has been very calm. This is important because there is currently a murder trial and that is unlike anything that has happened before. People live close together.
What is the difference between Ishmael and the other reporters?
Ishmael knows Kabuo and his wife on a personal level. He is also a war veteran.
Hatsue and Ishmael are introduced and there is obviously a conflict there. What might this suggest about the relationship between the two?
Hatsue is hesitant to talk to him and Ishmael has memories about when they were young. They were close, but they aren't anymore. There is tension.
The prosecutor notes that the sheriff's response gives him "the authority of a conscientious man, for which there was ultimately no substitute" (10) What does this mean, and do you agree?
The sheriff was doing what he believed was right. He was trying to do his job correctly. I agree with this phrase because it is better to have someone honest around you.
What do we learn about Art Moran?
He is uneasy and nervous during confrontation. He is biased.
Who is Abel Martinson?
Abel Martinson is Art Moran's deputy. He threw up when he saw the body.
What do we learn about Carl Heine?
He was stand-off-ish and didn't have many friends. He was a fisherman.
The first clues of the mystery, fog and head injury, are introduced. What do we learn about the crime so far?
The clues create an ominous setting. The crime was committed in the morning. The fog also could prevent people from seeing what happened on the boat.
Nels Gudmundsson is introduced as Kabuo's attorney. What does his description tell you about him?
He is 79, can barely see, yet he is still observant.
Notice the information about the battery. Why might that be important?
If the lights were on all night the boat would've had difficulty starting in the morning but it worked fine. There was a battery that wouldn't fit in the boat, but it would fit in Kabuo's boat.
What does it say about Ishmael that he called three people to confirm Carl's death?
Ishmael checks his sources before writing about them. He was also in disbelief that someone he knew so well was dead.
Ishmael's history is given. What do we learn about this character?
He is a war veteran who lost his arm.
Ishmael's father, Arthur, is important. Why?
He created the San Piedro Review. Arthur covered the trial of Mayor Hiram Gill. The paper was trusted by the people. Ishmael had big shoes to fill when taking over. He used the paper to prevent racism against the Japanese.
What does being "morosely meticulous" mean? (35)
He was extremely meticulous. Everything had to be perfect.
How did the war affect Ishmael?
It gave him a chip on his shoulder. He isolated himself and had a veteran's cynicism.
"(Ishmael) wanted to like everyone. He just couldn't find a way to do it" (36) What does this say about him? Note what his mother says about his being like his father.
Ishmael tried to be social, but he wasn't. He was reserved. His mother said that "he loved humankind dearly and with all his heart, but he disliked most human beings" about Arthur and Ishmael.
What is the image of San Piedro men? Why does this become the image of a "good man"?
They blended into society working on the docks. A good man who is trying to better his family.
Notice the racist comment (43). This is another important theme. What does this suggest about the San Piedro people's attitudes towards the Japanese?
People have a bad attitude towards the Japanese after the war. Prejudice towards the Japanese might play a role into the trial.
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