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. What does Horgan tell Rusty at the election party?

2. An unsigned letter in the B file in Carolyn's office states that someone the writer calls Noel was arrested for ________________________.

3. The police department is located in _______________ Hall.

4. Rusty tells Robinson that his love for Carolyn was passionate but _____________________.

5. How did Carolyn end her affair with Rusty?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What crime scene evidence is revealed in Chapter 2?

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

5. What is the importance to the plot of Rusty's visits with his psychiatrist?

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

7. What is the premise of "Presumed Innocent"?

8. What does Rusty tell Robinson about his behavior after Carolyn ended their affair?

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

10. How is the B file introduced into the novel?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Turow's writing style. How is he different from other writers of his time? What are some of his characteristic writing techniques? Identify some examples of his classic style in PRESUMED INNOCENT.

Essay Topic 2

Project into the future ten years and write a brief synopsis for the lives of Rusty, Barbara and Nat. Be sure to include emotional states as well as physical characteristics, geographic locations, work, hobbies, socialization, etc.

Essay Topic 3

How does Turow use the literary technique of local color in PRESUMED INNOCENT? What elements comprise local color? Give some examples of the local color in Kindle County establishments, in the characters, and in the events.

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