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 was not found at Carolyn's murder scene?

2. How much did Noel pay to cover up the arrest?

3. Who is the secretary for Rusty's office?

4. Which of the following is NOT someone Nico has subpoenaed to testify in Carolyn's murder trial?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How is Carolyn able to connect with little Wendell McGaffen when preparing for the abuse case?

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

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

6. What information does Lip find about Leon Wells regarding his probation officer and the prosecuting attorney?

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

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

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

10. What are the two reasons that there is a delay in getting a computerized scan of the fingerprint evidence?

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 Turow's use of humor in the book. Cite examples of at least two different instances of humor and explain why the author used them where he did.

Essay Topic 3

Create a brief character study of Rusty. What does he look like? What are his positive personality traits? What are some of his negative characteristics? What are his hopes and fears? What motivates him--if anything--at this point in his life?

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