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 Judge Bullard do to calm his nerves?

2. Why does Jake threaten to fire his secretary Ethel?

3. What is Lester's local girlfriend's name, and how many children do they have?

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

5. What does Sheriff Walls testify during the change of venue hearing?

Short Essay Questions

1. What transpires between Carl Lee and Deputy Looney while the latter is still hospitalized, and how does Jake respond?

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

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

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

5. What observations on the part of Jake's secretary irritate him to the point he advises her to keep quiet or quit?

6. What do readers learn about Jake Brigance in Chapter 8?

7. Why does a convoy of buses enter Clanton?

8. How does K.T. "Cat" Bruster's view of truth and justice compare with Carl Lee's?

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

10. Why is Carl Lee reluctant to rehire Jake?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

When Freddie Cobb arrives at the Ku Klux Klan meeting in Nettles County, he attempts to gain their help in retaliation for his brother's murder. How do Klan members view Billy Ray's murder? How will they accomplish this? What is the outcome of their peaceful demonstration outside the Clanton Courthouse? Examine the KKK's actions in this story, as well as the consequences.

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