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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 the name of the Mafia snitch?

2. What is the name of the President?

3. The old school friend served in every government position except which of the following?

4. What is the name of the man making the deal with Critz?

5. How old is Backman at this time?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens when Backman arrives at the military hospital?

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

4. 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?

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

6. Who is the President of the United States? What is his current status?

7. 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.

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

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

10. Discuss the meeting between Backman and Rudolph. Why does Backman trust Rudolph?

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

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 3

Joel and Neal Backman are both ambitious lawyers although Joel took a chance that landed him in prison for 20 years while Neal managed to get his life in order after the scandal died down. Compare and contrast Joel and Neal Backman. Which is the most honest? Which is the smartest? What are the biggest differences? Do you think Neal wants to be more or less like his father? How does Lisa view the relationship? Explain.

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