A Civil Action Test | Final 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 happens to the Schlictmann negotiating team on their way to Grace Chemical's office?

2. Who says "A plaintiff's case depends on momentum. The fewer objections you get, the better your case will move along. Objections break up the rhythm of an examination."

3. During the misconduct hearings how many witnesses are there?

4. Where does Schlictmann go for vacation?

5. Who says "We need a vacation from these legal bills."?

Short Essay Questions

1. Briefly describe what the Yankee Report.

2. Describe reaction in Woburn to the settlement with Grace Chemical.

3. Who is Albert Eustis and what is his role in the negotiations with Grace Chemical after the trial?

4. What is the "shark effect" that Eustis is worried about in giving a big settlement to Schlictmann?

5. Briefly describe the EPA report that is issued during the initial preparation for the Beatrice appeal involving pump tests performed a year before, even before the trial began.

6. What is the final settlement with Grace?

7. What does Schlictmann's team decide to ask for during the first negotiations with Grace?

8. After the Court of Appeals ruling, why does Schlictmann reject the Beatrice offer?

9. How does Schlictmann discredit John Guswa's testimony?

10. Why does Schlictmann conclude that Grace wants to settle?

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

This case involves extensive use of expert witnesses. Choose either the plaintiff's or defendant's side. Describe how expert witnesses are used. Include who the witnesses were, what they are used to prove, whether they are effective, etc.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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