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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. During the meeting of Jake's jury strategy team, what do the black citizens do?

2. What illegal item does Carl Lee Hailey request to buy from K.T. "Cat" Bruster?

3. How many murder trials has Jake Brigance served as the defense counsel prior to the preliminary hearing for Billy Ray Cobb and Pete Willard?

4. Since Jake insists he will not be a "gofer" for the NAACP, what is the response when Carl Lee asks what will happen to the $20,000 defense fund if he uses only Jake?

5. Following his motion to withdraw on Friday, Jake does what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What sort of relationship exists between Sheriff Ozzie Walls and Jake Brigance?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. 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?

10. What does the reader learn about the Ford County District Attorney in Chapter 7?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The theme of alcohol abuse runs throughout "A Time to Kill." It begins in the first chapter, is interwoven throughout the story, and is summarized in the last chapter as to how key characters will approach it. Several of them are or have been abusers of alcohol in the past, and are now. Some are progressing as the trial continues. The defense team retreats to alcohol routinely for different reasons. Others are resorting to alcohol at critical times. Examine these aspects and how John Grisham interweaves the theme of alcohol abuse through the story.

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

The theme of legal scales balancing between right and wrong prevails with Barry Acker. What role does he play? What transpires while at the Temple Inn? As the jury continues in attempting to determine a verdict, what happens to Acker in his effort to achieve a decision? What safety precautions does he take? Elaborate in establishing these and other points in this theme.

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