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 Ozzie summons Jake to meet with Lester and Carl Lee and Carl Lee rehires Jake because his brother "wants me to," what does Carl Lee say?

3. When Jake Brigance confides in Sheriff Walls that Carl Lee Hailey may be planning the murder of Cobb and Willard, what do they speculate about how they might feel?

4. After her refusal to give the juror list to Jake, what does Jean Gillespie do when he reminds her of previously helping with her family and her reelection?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are some of the efforts made in Clanton in preparation for the trial?

3. Despite Jake's seeking a change of venue again, what are the reasons Jake would prefer the trial continue in Ford County?

4. Why does Judge Noose impose a gag order?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ellen Roark and Harry Rex perform legal support functions for Jake Brigance. Identify and compare these functions. How are they similar? How are they different? At what times does Jake rely on these legal support services, and when does he operate without them?

Essay Topic 2

What type of home do Jake Brigance and his family reside in? Why is it unique? How is Jake able to afford it, given that he also drives a Saab, the only one in the county? Why did Jake select this home? Consider these questions to examine Jake's character.

Essay Topic 3

John Grisham utilizes the theme of the forces of good marred by flaws. For example, in Chapter 29, he depicts the earnest goodwill of the black residents in the county in their candlelight vigil before the courthouse. They are committed to justice. However, their good intent is marred by the self-serving actions of their preachers who siphon their money and drive luxury cars. Identify other ways this theme prevails throughout "A Time to Kill."

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