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. Why is Carl Lee aghast when the jury is finally seated?

2. Ellen explains that it will be impossible to keep what from the jury?

3. How many black people does Lucien plan to bring to the courthouse and chant "Free Carl Lee"?

4. When Murphy, the janitor, is called as a witness of the state on the afternoon of the fourth day, it is a gut-wrenching ordeal for what reason?

5. When Jake addresses the jury, what does he first apologize for?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens when Ellen first arrives at Jake's office on the Sunday the National Guard arrives?

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

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

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

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

7. Why is Lucien able to draw thousands of black residents from northern Mississippi to Clanton to demonstrate on behalf of Carl Lee?

8. How does Grisham depict Jake's response to the soldier who is seriously injured for protecting him?

9. How is Jake's closing argument indicative of it being his finest hour?

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

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

The story is staged around a murder trial where a number of the key characters are attorneys. The author, John Grisham, is himself an attorney. How does he use his legal expertise in writing "A Time to Kill"? How is it reflected in the depiction of legal maneuvering, selection of the jury, legal and illegal tactics, use of associates for research in preparing for court, courtroom styles, actions in the judge's chambers, and other judicial aspects?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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