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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. How does Hinky Myrick raise money during the Carl Lee trial?
2. Where does Deputy Nesbit take Ellen to sleep the night before the trial opens?
3. On Saturday morning, the day after Jake was shot at, the rumor in Clanton is that the shooters claim to be whom?
4. On day two of the proceedings, how does the morning begin and where are all the "players" situated?
5. Do the jurors and alternates attempt to discuss the case in violation of the judge's instructions?
Essay Topic 1
John Grisham is very elaborate in providing the reader a detailed description of Jake Brigance's historic legal suite, with multiple rooms and a balcony overlooking the courthouse square. He then utilizes this setting throughout the story in relaying Jake's reliance upon it. Analyze Grisham's use of this setting in the novel, and how it pertains to the political, social climate of the story.
Essay Topic 2
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.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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