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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 is an "albergo?"

2. How many electoral votes are at stake?

3. Whose funeral is delayed?

4. What was the name of Arthur's last friend?

5. How many people does Marco approach at the airport regarding the letter?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where does the government send Backman? Who is Backman's "handler?"

2. Discuss the meeting between Sandberg and Pratt. Who are Sandberg and Pratt?

3. What obstacles does Critz run into when he attempts to get information on Backman? Who does he contact?

4. What does Backman do shortly after arriving in Treviso?

5. What is Pratt's recollection of the Backman case? Who was involved? What was the main subject of the case?

6. Who is Teddy Maynard? Why is he an important figure in the story? What is Maynard's relationship with the President?

7. Explain Backman's opinion of the first day in Bologna. What does he do?

8. Why does Backman go shopping? Why does he have to have permission from Luigi?

9. The FBI learns about a bank account in Grand Cayman that is most likely connected to Joel Backman. Discuss the discovery and the FBI's request of Teddy Maynard.

10. Why is the CIA worried that Backman might attempt to contact his family? What precautions are taken in case Backman should try to get in contact with someone?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Grisham examines the existence of JAM, a program designed to block transmissions to and from satellites in space. Discuss JAM. Do you think it exists? If so, where and how is it used? Who uses it? If it does not exist, how long do you think it might take to develop such a system? Technologically speaking, who is most likely to create and develop this type of program? Research the internet for information on this type of product. Write about the information found. Also discuss what Grisham's current opinion might be on this topic.

Essay Topic 2

Write a journal from the point of view of Teddy Maynard. Begin with the plan to release Backman. Include the details of the plan, how Maynard orchestrated the deal, the desired confession, Morgan's role in the story, Javier's assistance, etc. Also include Maynard's thoughts after he was fired and what his plans are for the future.

Essay Topic 3

Grisham examines the existence of JAM, a program designed to block transmissions to and from satellites in space. Discuss JAM. Do you think it exists? If so, where and how is it used? Who uses it? If it does not exist, how long do you think it might take to develop such a system? Technologically speaking, who is most likely to create and develop this type of program? Research the internet for information on this type of product. Write about the information found. Also discuss what Grisham's current opinion might be on this topic.

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