The Ultimate
The Pelican Brief
Book Quiz

Question 1 of 12

How many Supreme Court justices are murdered?

  • 2
  • 1
  • 3
  • 4

Question 2 of 12

What is the theory of Darby Shaw's "pelican brief"?

  • Businessman Victor Mattiece wants to make sure he can develop his oil field
  • Businessman Victor Mattiece wants to make sure the President is reelected
  • Businessman Victor Mattiece is seeking revenge against the justices for ruling against him
  • Businessman Victor Mattiece wants to hunt rare pelicans for their beautiful feathers

Question 3 of 12

Where is Darby Shaw at the end of the book?

  • On a beach in the Virgin Islands
  • At her New York City apartment
  • Back at law school in New Orleans
  • Clerking for the Supreme Court

Question 4 of 12

How is Darby Shaw's boyfriend Thomas Callahan killed?

  • A car bomb
  • A poisoned drink
  • Poisoned food
  • Strangulation

Question 5 of 12

What evidence did attorney Curtis Morgan have that supported the pelican brief theory?

  • A note between partners at his firm identifying the justices that were later murdered
  • He overheard a phone call between two attorneys identifying the justices that were later murdered
  • He was clerking for one of the justices and came across a note threatening the justice
  • He worked for businessman Victor Mattiece and recorded their conversation

Question 6 of 12

Besides their romantic relationship, how does Darby Shaw know Thomas Callahan?

  • He is a law professor and she is a student in his class
  • They are classmates at law school
  • They worked together at the same law firm
  • They clerked together for the Supreme Court

Question 7 of 12

Why doesn't the President want Darby Shaw's theory of the murders of the justices investigated?

  • He is worried it might hurt his reelection campaign
  • He is friends with Prof. Callahan
  • He is worried more justices will then be murdered
  • He thinks it will be a waste of time

Question 8 of 12

Where does Darby Shaw find evidence to support her pelican brief theory?

  • A bank lock-box
  • At a newspaper office
  • A law office file cabinet
  • Her law school locker

Question 9 of 12

Who writes the pelican brief?

  • Law student Darby Shaw
  • Law professor Thomas Callahan
  • Newspaper reporter Gray Gantham
  • Attorney Curtis Morgan

Question 10 of 12

How were the murdered justices identified as the justices that should be killed?

  • Attorneys at a D.C. law firm suggested their names
  • The President told his friend
  • The chief of staff told attorneys at a law firm
  • A newspaper reporter proposed their names

Question 11 of 12

Who gives Darby Shaw access to the secret place hiding evidence for her brief?

  • An attorney's wife
  • Her professor Thomas Callahan
  • The President
  • A Supreme Court justice

Question 12 of 12

Darby Shaw works with a reporter from which newspaper?

  • The Washington Post
  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • The Washington Times

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