The Pelican Brief 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. Who does Shaw call right after the explosion?

2. How many times might the President change clothes between breakfast and dinner?

3. What interest group does Rosenberg favor?

4. Which Justice wants to use the law clerks to put together a list of murder suspects?

5. What almost killed Rosenberg seven years ago?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Gminski travel to New Orleans?

2. Why does Callahan attend conferences?

3. According to Verheek, what motive would Coal have for leaking names of nominees for the Supreme Court?

4. Why does Coal think the President should not attend Jensen's funeral?

5. Why does Verheek say he should have thrown the pelican brief in the garbage?

6. Describe Khamel.

7. At the beginning of Chapter 1, why are things more tense than usual during the demonstration?

8. Why is Grantham suspicious of the memo that Sarge passed on to him?

9. What are two possible reasons for the killings of the justices according to Justice Thurow?

10. Describe Fletcher Coal.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain why Abraham Rosenberg refuses to retire from the Supreme Court even though he is in extremely poor health.

Essay Topic 2

In Chapter 27 and other places in the novel, there are indications that the President is delighted with the murders of Rosenberg and Jensen. Explain why the President sees the murders as "a wonderful tragedy."

Essay Topic 3

In Chapter 2, Callahan asks students to discuss Nash v. New Jersey. Compare the majority opinion of the Supreme Court and the dissent in this case.

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