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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. On the day before Carl Lee's preliminary hearing, Jake, knowing the grand jurors are not yet selected and will likely see this news broadcast on TV that evening, reminds interviewers of what?

2. During one phone call to Carla shortly prior to the trial, whose situation is Jake careful not to bring up?

3. The Hailey indictment is not mentioned on TV until a brief 10:00 p.m. news segment, so what is Jake's response?

4. Who is Jake's favorite waitress at the Coffee Shop?

5. Norman Reinfeld, the thirty-year-old Jewish supervisor of the NAACP defense team, graduated from which law school?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

4. Why is Carl Lee reluctant to rehire Jake?

5. What sort of an attorney is Harry Rex Vonner?

6. What is a significant plot development in Chapter 5?

7. Who does Billy Ray Cobb's brother, Freddie, approach in seeking revenge, and what is the result?

8. Why does Judge Noose impose a gag order?

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

10. What is the trajectory of Judge Omar Noose's career that has led him to his current status?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

John Grisham is very elaborate in providing the reader a detailed description of Jake Brigance's historic legal suite, with multiple rooms and a balcony overlooking the courthouse square. He then utilizes this setting throughout the story in relaying Jake's reliance upon it. Analyze Grisham's use of this setting in the novel, and how it pertains to the political, social climate of the story.

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

Ellen Roark and Harry Rex perform legal support functions for Jake Brigance. Identify and compare these functions. How are they similar? How are they different? At what times does Jake rely on these legal support services, and when does he operate without them?

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