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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 does Jake Brigance drive?

2. Why does Carl Lee fire Jake?

3. What is Clanton doing to prepare for the national spotlight a week before the Carl Lee trial?

4. When Bo Marsharfsky calls requesting Jake to be his local associate, what is his response?

5. After Jake tells Ethel to shut up or quit when she informs him about his $4,000 in unpaid bills, less than $1,900 in the bank, and his failure to see clients or drop off promised files, what does she do?

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 is a significant plot development in Chapter 5?

3. What does the reader learn about the Ford County District Attorney in Chapter 7?

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

5. What sort of relationship exists between Sheriff Ozzie Walls and Jake Brigance?

6. What are some Jake's unethical practices?

7. What illegal methods does Ozzie employ to gain information from the suspected bomber?

8. In Chapter 10, what does Lucien advise Jake his best courses of action are in Carl Lee's defense?

9. What is Ellen Roark's response to Jake when he quizzes her on her credentials?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

John Grisham is familiar with various firearms types and their uses, just as he is knowledgeable with the differences in styles and purposes of a Saab and a Ford Bronco. Weapons from several categories are referred to at various points in his tale. Identify the styles of weapons found in his novel and their functions. Examine Grisham's intention in selecting the firearms at key points within the text.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

John Grisham is noted for his mastering the writing style with roller coaster peaks and valleys between and within chapters. He also includes sudden twists and turns with brief, intermittent recoveries. Examine how his style in "A Time to Kill," and include examples from the text.

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