A Civil Action Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Jonathan Harr
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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. What is the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice?

2. Who is Tom Kiley?

3. Why does Beatrice Foods purchase Riley Tannery?

4. Beverly Paigen provides Schlictmann with a report on what?

5. How is Judge Skinner selected for this trial?

Short Essay Questions

1. Briefly describe what the "Woodshed Conference" is.

2. What is Charles Nesson's initial reaction to the Woburn case?

3. Why does Judge Skinner decide to become more involved with jury selection than is normally the case, and how is he more involved?

4. What information does Schlictmann learn from the deposition that put Grace in a bad light?

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

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

7. What is Jan Schlictmann's first noteworthy case, and how much does he receive as his fee?

8. What is Neil Jacobs' conclusion after interviewing John Riley?

9. Explain in a few sentences the nature of the complaint in the Woburn case.

10. How does Anthony Roisman become involved in the Woburn case?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What effect does the judge's four questions to the jury have on the verdict? Include what the four questions are, what the difficulties are, etc.

Essay Topic 2

Is the adversarial nature of a trial compatible with discovering the truth? Include examples from the book in support of your answer.

Essay Topic 3

The families say that the motivation behind this case is justice, making corporate America take responsibility for its actions. 1. Assuming that this motive is true, does the final outcome of the case (following the final ruling of the Court of Appeals) meet this objective? 2. Do you think this is the motivation at the beginning of the case? At the end of the case? Support your answer with examples from the book.

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