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. Do the jurors and alternates attempt to discuss the case in violation of the judge's instructions?

2. When the word gets out that the jury is ready, what does Reverend Agee do with the demonstrators?

3. At one point, talk amongst the jurors gradually leads toward a guilty verdict, based essentially on what?

4. When Jake seeks a change of venue from Judge Noose and is told nothing would be done except removing 20 intimidated jurors, Jake learns what?

5. Who else does Jake visit in the Memphis hospital?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Jake do on the balcony of his office after he returns from the Coffee Shop on the day the jurors deliver their verdict?

5. On Monday, the first morning of the trial, what positions does Jake direct Ellen and Harry Rex, his two assistants, to assume?

6. What happens between Jake and Ellen on the balcony of Jake's office?

7. What happens when Jake requests a change of venue from Judge Noose following the riot and cross-burnings?

8. What are some of the changes in perspective the Carl Lee Hailey trial has had on Jake?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare the Coffee Shop and Claude's. Who do they cater to? Who are the key figures related to these establishments? Elaborate on the function they serve in John Grisham's story. When does Jake Brigance patronize them and why?

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

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.

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