The Pelican Brief 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. Why was Grantham racing down Rhode Island St. at fifty miles per hour?

2. Who is the person mentioned in the pelican brief?

3. Who is Croft looking for as he watches lawyers' offices for Grantham?

4. What front-page story is run by the Times-Picayune that concerns the editors at the Post?

5. What is Verheek to wear when he meets Shaw?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Sneller learn that Shaw is in D.C.?

2. Why does Shaw gets angry when Grantham talks to her about being careful?

3. Describe Victor Mattiece and his eccentricities.

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

5. What is the appeal process for the lawsuit between Mattiece and the Green Fund?

6. Why does Grantham panic after talking with a maid outside his room at the Marbury?

7. How is Shaw able to talk with Linney at the hospital?

8. Lewis wondered how Verheek could go down for a simple funeral and end up dead. Explain how that happened.

9. Describe Mattiece's plan to make money in Louisiana's oil fields and how this plan has been thwarted.

10. Describe what happens when Grantham follows a man he believes to be Garcia into the offices of Brim, Stearns, and Kidlow?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Compare the knowledge that Shaw and Garcia had regarding the Rosenberg and Jensen murders. Also discuss how they obtained their information.

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