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 do the participants chant at the rally?

2. What does Judge Bullard do to calm his nerves?

3. Ollie Agee, the Hailey's pastor, convenes the Council of Ministers, a board of the local black ministry, which decides to do what?

4. According to Judge Noose, what is the largest media problem?

5. Following the preliminary hearing for Billy Ray Cobb and Pete Willard, who hides in the county courthouse after closing at 4:30 p.m. on Friday?

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

3. 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?

4. What are some Jake's unethical practices?

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

6. What sort of a lawman is Sheriff Ozzie Walls?

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

8. How does John Grisham depict the events taking place in Clanton as carnival-like?

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

10. How are the key characters depicted as selfish and self-centered in Chapter 24?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

John Grisham presents a dark story. A 10-year-old girl is beaten, urinated on, and raped by two drunk, Mississippi rednecks. She endures unreal, subsequent trauma afterward. Her father kills the perpetrators. He is placed on trial for their murders and may be killed. A "snitch" in the KKK warns local law enforcement of potential attacks, and is himself killed in retribution. A KKK leader is killed with a Molotov cocktail. Others die in Grisham's novel, "A Time to Kill." Explain what the author is referring to by his title.

Essay Topic 3

Provide examples from the text where John Grisham utilizes the language and culture of the south to place the reader in the small, Mississippi town of Clanton.

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