Presumed Innocent 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 Rusty's former secretary?

2. Why did Sandy continually bring up the introduction of the B file into evidence during the trial?

3. What fact has the prosecution not been able to establish in court?

4. Barbara tells Rusty that she has taken a teaching job in ___________________.

5. What is the name of the black street gang to which Leon Wells belongs?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the encounter between Rusty and Della Guardia several weeks after the trial?

2. How do Horgan and Judge Lyttle react to legal situations?

3. What kindness does Marty Polhemus show to Rusty which, had he not, would have had bad consequences for him?

4. Late on the evening of the end of the trial, Rusty visits Sandy in his office. What does Rusty reveal to Sandy which could explain why Judge Lyttle abruptly ended the trial?

5. What are some of the elements that foreshadow an easier road than anticipated to Rusty's acquittal?

6. What does Rusty deduce about why Sandy was considering entering the B file into the trial?

7. What impact does the missing glass have on Rusty's case at this point?

8. What does Lionel Kenneally tell Rusty that connects Larren Lyttle to Carolyn and Tommy Molto?

9. How does the murder trial affect Rusty and Barbara's marriage?

10. What does Rusty recall about washing the murder weapon and how does Barbara behave to let the reader know that she is the murderer?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

Suspicion takes on an almost human persona in this story. What is this literary technique called? Cite examples that support this position.

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