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. Who is the Grace Chemical employee who admits using TCE and dumping it at the back of the plant?

2. What Grace Chemical supervisor has drums of TCE and other waste buried under a new addition being built?

3. What law firm represents Grace Chemical Company?

4. Why does Facher initially have little concern about the Woburn lawsuit?

5. What is Jan Schlictmann's first job after college?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Facher not want the families to testify?

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

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

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

6. When Dr. John Truman is convinced that the number of incidents of leukemia constitute a cluster, what does he do?

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

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

9. Why do the plaintiffs include a portion of the proposed settlement to be for a foundation for leukemia research?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Although the City of Woburn is not named as a defendant, it plays a significant role in the events leading up to the filing of the complaint. Describe the City of Woburn's role with respect to the water supply and the complaints of the families. Why would the families and/or Schlictmann not want to include the city in the case? Why would they want to include the city?

Essay Topic 2

If the reports and information that came to light after the trial had been available during the trial, would the verdict have been different? Include a discussion of the EPA report, the Yankee Report, the information in the warehouse, etc.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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