A Time to Kill Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 Brigance advises deputies that Billy Ray Cobb could receive life plus 40 years if he is convicted on all charges, and could be paroled how soon if Tonya lives?

2. Since Jake insists he will not be a "gofer" for the NAACP, what is the response when Carl Lee asks what will happen to the $20,000 defense fund if he uses only Jake?

3. How long does the preliminary hearing for Billy Ray Cobb and Pete Willard last?

4. What are the six capital defense attorneys of the NAACP known as?

5. Days before the trial, Gwen Hailey calls Jake and informs him she is behind on house payments, the utilities might be shut off, and has only received how much from the church council?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does the name of Clyde Sisco cause some stir during Jake's jury strategy team session in Chapter 29?

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

4. What does the reader learn was key to the jury being swayed to finding an innocent by reason of insanity verdict?

5. What happens when Jake requests a change of venue from Judge Noose following the riot and cross-burnings?

6. How do Buckley's and Jake's approaches differ?

7. Why does a convoy of buses enter Clanton?

8. What does Jake when the National Guard arrive?

9. How is Jake's closing argument indicative of it being his finest hour?

10. What offer does Lucien make to Jake regarding the jury that he objects to?

Essay 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

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 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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