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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Rachel describe Brady to Cates?
(a) "A crusader for the wicked."
(b) "Scared of his own shadow."
(c) "The biggest man in the country."
(d) "Hungry for power and reluctant to forgive."

2. The Storekeeper thinks opinions are what?
(a) Good on a hot day.
(b) Only for men.
(c) Unnecessary and confusing.
(d) Bad for business.

3. How does Melinda respond to Howard's opinion on origin?
(a) She argues with him.
(b) She hopes it is true.
(c) She agrees with him.
(d) She thinks it is quite comical.

4. Where does the opening of Act One take place?
(a) Hillsboro Lake.
(b) Hillsboro Courthouse.
(c) The town square.
(d) Melinda's home.

5. Who is providing Cates with a lawyer?
(a) The Baltimore Herald.
(b) The Chicago Times.
(c) The New Yorker.
(d) The school board.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Rachel tell Drummond she is scared of?

2. What does Darwin's "Origin of Species" directly conflict with?

3. According to Drummond, those who hold up the progression of society are what?

4. Bert Cates is in jail for what crime?

5. What does Rachel say Cates wants to do, following jury selection?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Drummond call Brady to the stand to speak about the Bible?

2. Why is Rachel willing to testify against Cates?

3. Why is the appearance of a monkey important in Act One?

4. What are Drummond's views on language and communication? When does he express these?

5. What is Drummond's philosophy about laughter? Why?

6. Why does Drummond bring up horse racing while awaiting the verdict?

7. What is Howard's reaction to the teachings he receives on evolution?

8. Cates declares that he is being treated worse than who? Why does he say this?

9. Brady and Drummond were once friends. What do the two characters have in common?

10. When Rachel's father turns on her, who defends her? Does this make this character more likable?

(see the answer keys)

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