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. What does Jake Brigance drive?

2. After Jake wakes with a bad hangover, what does he do?

3. How have Lucien and Harry Rex advised Jake regarding selection of women for the jury?

4. What happens when Jake calls Lester in Chicago?

5. How much does the NAACP initially contribute toward the defense of Carl Lee?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What transpires when Clyde Acker walks for a cola at the Temple Inn?

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

4. Why does Judge Noose impose a gag order?

5. How does Grisham depict Jake's response to the soldier who is seriously injured for protecting him?

6. What are some Jake's unethical practices?

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

8. How does Jake skillfully manipulate the media immediately following Carl Lee's arraignment?

9. Why is Carl Lee reluctant to rehire Jake?

10. When the case is given to the jury, where do the members stand?

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

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 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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