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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. Why does it appear that the assault on the movie houses was carefully coordinated?

2. How long does Lewis tell the President that it may take to find the murderers of the justices?

3. Where do White House phantom memos originate?

4. Why were Shaw and Callahan arguing in at the beginning of Chapter 15?

5. Why does a police officer awaken Grantham at 5:30 a.m.?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why would Edwin Sneller like to meet Shaw?

2. What security precautions does the FBI recommend the Justices follow due to the increase in death threats?

3. Why did Khamel agree once to kill Castro, but then did not go through with the job?

4. Describe Victor Mattiece and his eccentricities.

5. What is Rosenberg's ideology?

6. Why does Shaw keep watching out the window of the Post as she works on the pelican story with Grantham?

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

8. What connection does Grantham make after Shaw tells him about the pelican brief?

9. Why does Gminski tell the President that the author of the pelican brief should become a novelist?

10. Why hasn't Grantham's apartment been bugged?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the novel, we see a strong contrast between the President of the United States and his Chief of Staff, Fletcher Coal. Compare and contrast the President and Coal.

Essay Topic 2

Explain why, in Chapter 4, Coal describes the murders of Rosenberg and Jensen as the perfect crisis.

Essay Topic 3

In Chapter 25, someone assassinates Khamel. Who do you think performed the assassination and why? Use examples from the novel to support your arguments.

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