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. How does Carl Lee compare killing the white men who raped his daughter with killing the "gooks" in Vietnam?

2. What illegal item does Carl Lee Hailey request to buy from K.T. "Cat" Bruster?

3. On the morning of the day he first meets Ellen, what is it Jake recalls Carla could tell during their phone conversation the night before?

4. Why does Jake decide to stay out of the Coffee Shop?

5. What three individuals were aware of what would likely take place, so the double murder does not surprise them?

Short Essay Questions

1. What sort of a lawyer is Jake Brigance?

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

3. Why is Carl Lee reluctant to rehire Jake?

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

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

6. How does Rufus Buckley make use of the illegally-obtained jury list?

7. Why does a convoy of buses enter Clanton?

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

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

10. What are some Jake's unethical practices?

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

Compare the Coffee Shop and Claude's. Who do they cater to? Who are the key figures related to these establishments? Elaborate on the function they serve in John Grisham's story. When does Jake Brigance patronize them and why?

Essay Topic 3

Who is identified at "Mickey Mouse" in the Ku Klux Klan? What has this individual attempted to do secretly? Provide several examples of "Mickey Mouse's" success. When did "Mickey Mouse" fail?

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