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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. Who encourages the town to greet Brady's arrival?
(a) The Storekeeper.
(b) Reverend Brown.
(c) Timmy.
(d) Hornbeck.

2. What ability does Bannister lack?
(a) Arithmetic.
(b) Listening.
(c) Writing.
(d) Reading.

3. What does Darwin's "Origin of Species" directly conflict with?
(a) Mysticism.
(b) The Bible.
(c) Judaism.
(d) Science.

4. What does Rachel beg Drummond to do, following jury selection?
(a) Show some respect for her town.
(b) Call off the trial.
(c) Read his Bible.
(d) Defend Cates to his best ability.

5. Drummond believes what to be essential to clear thought?
(a) Mediation.
(b) Prayer.
(c) Preparation.
(d) Laughter.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Bannister want the front seat in the jury box?

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

3. What do the storekeeper and Mrs. Krebs discuss in Act One?

4. When Rachel runs away from Cates, what does he do?

5. The townspeople hope Brady's presence will provide what?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is it significant that Meeker pushes aside the woman who is praying for Brady when he collapses?

3. What is significant about the opening interaction between Howard and Melinda?

4. Why does Drummond object to the judge's announcement regarding the prayer meeting?

5. After collapsing, what speech does Brady give as he is being carried away?

6. What does the presence of the radio man signify?

7. Brady says that Cates' "bigoted opinions" will not be forgotten by the community, even if they are removed from court record. What does this say about the power of ideas?

8. What is Cates' punishment, assigned by the judge after the verdict is read?

9. How does Brady change the word evolution to demonstrate his opinion on the topic?

10. What is the purpose behind Brady asking if Drummond's suspenders are fashionable in Chicago?

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