A Time to Kill Test | Final 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. The firebomb that ignites Mississippi KKK Imperial Wizard Stump Sisson is thrown from where?.

2. The night of Stump Sisson's death, the KKK meet in the woods, pledge revenge, and induct how many new Klan members from Ford County?

3. On Saturday morning, the day after Jake was shot at, the rumor in Clanton is that the shooters claim to be whom?

4. During the closing statement to the jury, what does Jake say that must be withdrawn?

5. When Jake and Harry Rex arrive at the Memphis hospital to visit Ellen, her father, Sheldon Roark, explains what about the injuries to her head that required thirty-nine stitches?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Jake when the National Guard arrive?

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

3. In Chapter 37, how does the consumption or abuse of alcohol come into play?

4. What transpires as the forty Ku Klux Klansmen arrive to demonstrate at the courthouse where the black protesters held their vigil?

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

6. What offer does Lucien make to Jake regarding the jury that he objects to?

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

8. What does the reader learn was key to the jury being swayed to finding an innocent by reason of insanity verdict?

9. Just past midnight of the day Dr. Bass was questioned, what does Jake discover when driven to his home due to an emergency?

10. Why is everyone relieved when Jake declines to question Murphy, the janitor, in cross-examination?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

John Grisham is noted for his mastering the writing style with roller coaster peaks and valleys between and within chapters. He also includes sudden twists and turns with brief, intermittent recoveries. Examine how his style in "A Time to Kill," and include examples from the text.

Essay Topic 2

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."

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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