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. Where does Judge Noose advise the jurors they will be sequestered?

3. 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?

4. While they await the jury's verdict from Jake's office, what does Lucien confirm as he spins tales regarding his family's heritage?

5. Some of the patrons in the Coffee Shop speculate what about a reporter from the Channel 4 News?

Short Essay Questions

1. Upon arrival at the hospital to visit Ellen following the Ku Klux Klan attack, how does her father describe to Jake and Harry Rex the way she incurred injuries to the head requiring thirty-nine stitches?

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

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

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

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

6. Beyond the cost of a human life and loss for loved ones and associates, what are some of the significant ramifications of Tim Nunley's death?

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

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

9. How do Buckley's and Jake's approaches differ?

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

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

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.

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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