A Civil Action Test | Mid-Book 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. After meeting with lawyers, what Grace Chemical employee says "I do believe I'm on the wrong side of this whole thing."

2. Where does Schlichtmann first set up his own practice?

3. What part of Schlictmann's pre-trial settlement offer is meant to appeal to Judge Skinner?

4. How many pages of interrogatories does Cheeseman receive from Schlictmann?

5. Why does Roisman drop the Woburn case?

Short Essay Questions

1. Briefly describe how Judge Skinner plans to divide the trial into phases.

2. To what does the title of the chapter "Orphans and Dogs" refer?

3. What is the status of the Woburn case when Mulligan gave the case to Schlictmann, and why does Mulligan give it to him?

4. Why does Cheeseman implead Unifirst into the case as a third defendant?

5. What is the basis of Schlictmann's work at Reed & Mulligan?

6. Beatrice offers an $8 million settlement before trial. What two things would this settlement achieve for Schlictmann?

7. What are the results of medical tests of the Woburn family members of children who have leukemia or had died from leukemia?

8. Before trial, Facher asks for a continuance. Why is this bad for the plaintiffs?

9. What does Schlictmann do with the money he won in the Casey case?

10. What is the official city response to the citizen's committee to do something about the water?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Judge Skinner says that the parties are not entitled to a jury they like, only an impartial jury of their peers. Would the verdict have been different if the jury had been a jury of experts rather than a jury of peers? If the trial had not been divided into three phases and the families had been able to testify early, as Schlictmann had wanted, would your answer be the same? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

This case is high profile. Discuss the publicity surrounding the case both pre-trial, during the trial, and post-trial. Do you think that this benefits the plaintiffs? The defendants?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the lawsuit involved in the book. Be sure to include a description of the claim, the plaintiffs, the defendants, etc.

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