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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. Jake's friend Harry Rex Vonner tells him the grand jury voted how on the Hailey indictment?

2. When Lucien Wilbanks inherited the family law firm in 1965, what does he keep?

3. During the meeting of Jake's jury strategy team, what do the black citizens do?

4. What is Tonya restrained with while being raped?

5. When Jake and Buckley are in the judge's office the day before the arraignment, what does the former request?

Short Essay Questions

1. What observations on the part of Jake's secretary irritate him to the point he advises her to keep quiet or quit?

2. What are some Jake's unethical practices?

3. Despite Jake's seeking a change of venue again, what are the reasons Jake would prefer the trial continue in Ford County?

4. Why does John Grisham open his story with such horrific detail of the crime?

5. What sort of a lawman is Sheriff Ozzie Walls?

6. How does K.T. "Cat" Bruster's view of truth and justice compare with Carl Lee's?

7. What sort of a lawyer is Jake Brigance?

8. What does the reader learn in the dialogue between Carl Lee Hailey and Jake Brigance in Chapter 4?

9. What are the positions taken by Jake and Carla when he suggests he will contact Lester, Carl Lee's brother, after the latter fires him?

10. In what ways does John Grisham show that Jake relishes being back on center stage once he is Carl Lee's attorney?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One theme that runs through "A Time to Kill" is deciding between the paths of right and wrong where risks are involved due to influence or threat of the KKK. Examine and compare how it is approached by Judge Noose, jury member Barry Acker, and Jake Brigance.

Essay Topic 2

Once the Ku Klux Klan identifies and kills "Mickey Mouse," they no longer have to worry about being "snitched" on. They now are free to roam and wreak havoc without being reported on. Yet there are signs the KKK plans to permanently leave the county. What are these signs? Why do they not stay when they no longer have a "snitch" amongst the KKK brethren? Are there differences between Ford County from Nettles County that are possibly prompting their departure?

Essay Topic 3

The theme of alcohol abuse runs throughout "A Time to Kill." It begins in the first chapter, is interwoven throughout the story, and is summarized in the last chapter as to how key characters will approach it. Several of them are or have been abusers of alcohol in the past, and are now. Some are progressing as the trial continues. The defense team retreats to alcohol routinely for different reasons. Others are resorting to alcohol at critical times. Examine these aspects and how John Grisham interweaves the theme of alcohol abuse through the story.

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