Presumed Innocent Test | Mid-Book 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 Larren Lyttle?

2. Who is the pathologist working on the case of Carolyn's murder?

3. The B file found in Carolyn's office concerns _______________________.

4. Rusty and Carolyn had been working on a case in which a banker named Darryl McGaffen had a brother named ________________ who was laundering money through the bank.

5. Lionel Kenneally tells Rusty that Carolyn was at the police station investigating files concerning ___________________.

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the circumstances in which Tommy Molto accuses Rusty of killing Carolyn?

2. What is the nature of the phone calls to Rusty's home that are listed in Carolyn's phone records?

3. What is Barbara's reaction when she learns that Rusty will be working on Carolyn's murder case?

4. What is the most questionable piece of evidence that is mentioned--at least in Rusty's eyes?

5. How does the author try to create some sympathy for Rusty's character regarding his stagnant marriage and his attraction to Carolyn?

6. What would lead Dr. Kumagai to believe that Carolyn's rapist was sterile?

7. Why did Carolyn most likely want Rusty to run for District Attorney instead of Horgan?

8. Why was Rusty's infatuation with New Wave rock symbolic of his life at the time?

9. Explain Rusty's relationship with his boss, Raymond Horgan, especially as it relates to running for the District Attorney job.

10. Why does Rusty tell Marty about his own father's neglect of him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the significance of the novel's title. What did the author mean by calling the book PRESUMED INNOCENT? Cite an example to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Explain the concept of loneliness as it exhibits in the story. Which of the characters are lonely? Are they all lonely in some way? Explain the loneliness and the methods and attempts to overcome it.

Essay Topic 3

Describe the overall setting for the novel. Why does Turow use the setting he does? What is the time period of the story? How important is the time period to the attitudes and issues of the characters?

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