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

2. After going to the lake with Harry Rex, Jake visits Lucien and discovers what?

3. Although Jake wished he had not worn ostrich skin boots, Lucien argues what?

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. Following three hours of sleep on the morning of the trial, Jake bolts awake and has Deputy Nesbit do what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. How do Harry Rex's pickup and Jake's Saab reflect more than a matter of taste, but of personality?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Provide examples from the text where John Grisham utilizes the language and culture of the south to place the reader in the small, Mississippi town of Clanton.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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."

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