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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 Tonya, who suffers from endless nightmares and is certain that her attackers are after her, insist on?
2. How old is Tonya?
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. When Lucien Wilbanks inherited the family law firm in 1965, what does he keep?
5. What have local attorneys dubbed Judge Omar Noose?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does K.T. "Cat" Bruster's view of truth and justice compare with Carl Lee's?
2. How does Rufus Buckley make use of the illegally-obtained jury list?
3. What does the reader learn in the dialogue between Carl Lee Hailey and Jake Brigance in Chapter 4?
4. What sort of a lawman is Sheriff Ozzie Walls?
5. Why does a convoy of buses enter Clanton?
6. How does Jake skillfully manipulate the media immediately following Carl Lee's arraignment?
7. What does the reader learn about the Ford County District Attorney in Chapter 7?
8. Why does Judge Noose impose a gag order?
9. What observations on the part of Jake's secretary irritate him to the point he advises her to keep quiet or quit?
10. How does John Grisham depict the events taking place in Clanton as carnival-like?
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
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.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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