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. When two dozen Klansmen arrive on the first morning of the trial in full regalia, what happens?

2. As the riot erupts, what is each Klansman armed with?

3. Who do the Northern Mississippi black residents recognize as the single white radical NAACP attorney in their region?

4. Who is wounded when Jake is escorted from his office to the courthouse on Friday morning, the fifth day?

5. Buckley's opening statement runs an hour and a half, and Jake's opening is how long?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What issues did Lucien face in bringing thousands of black protesters to Clanton?

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

4. What transpires when Jake requests a change of venue in chambers on Monday, the first day of court?

5. What transpires when Clyde Acker walks for a cola at the Temple Inn?

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

7. 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?

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

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

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

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

It has been said that "A Time to Kill" is a novel and not a history. It shows that all men and women are not treated equally in the legal system. What specifically in John Grisham's novel causes you to examine the ethics of our society?

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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