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. Why does the name of Clyde Sisco cause some stir during the meeting of Jake's jury strategy team?

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

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

4. How much has Jake been paid by Lester Hailey prior to the indictment?

5. The Sunday after Jake gets fired, he and Carla skip church and take Hanna where?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why is Jake essentially lost in court the day he returned after being shot at?

4. How are the twelve jurors and two alternates sequestered?

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

6. What transpires when Jake requests a change of venue in chambers on Monday, the first day of court?

7. Shortly after midnight, following the riot in the courthouse square, what do five teams of the KKK do?

8. Why do the jurors feel more incarcerated than safe?

9. Upon arrival at the hospital to visit Ellen following the Ku Klux Klan attack, how does her father describe to Jake and Harry Rex the way she incurred injuries to the head requiring thirty-nine stitches?

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

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

It has been said that "A Time to Kill" is a novel and not a history. It shows that all men and women are not treated equally in the legal system. What specifically in John Grisham's novel causes you to examine the ethics of our society?

Essay Topic 3

Examine the symbolism of the Ford County Courthouse. What is it supposed to represent? What does John Grisham use it to reflect? Address what the various characters do there in contrast with that symbolism. Also explore Barry Acker's speculation regarding previous trials.

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