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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. What type of meeting is held at the court on the night of the jury selection?
(a) Civil rights.
(b) Prayer.
(c) Evolution.
(d) City council.

2. Who approaches Brady following the jury selection?
(a) Many townspeople.
(b) No one.
(c) The judge.
(d) Cates.

3. In Act One, what does Rachel try to convince Cates to do?
(a) Escape from jail.
(b) Continue preaching his piece.
(c) Apologize for breaking the law.
(d) Beg pardon from the governor.

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

5. When Melinda sees Drummond's shadow, she thinks it is what?
(a) The monkey.
(b) The devil.
(c) Bert Cates.
(d) A snake.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Hornbeck, who is the monkey's greatest descendant?

2. Where does Sillers work?

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

4. In Act One, who makes a secret visit to Hillsboro Jail?

5. What does Meeker say impresses him about Brady?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Rachel visits Cates in jail, what does she urge him to do, and why?

2. At what point does Drummond accept Siller as a juror?

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

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

5. When Bannister states that he wants the front seat in the jury box because "its going to be quite a show", what does this say about his opinion of the trial?

6. Hornbeck refers to the prayer meeting as a show. What moments so far in the play have also created a show-like atmosphere, and why?

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

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

9. Does the phrase "fuss and feathers" sound like something the character of Drummond would typically say? Why or why not? If not, why is he saying it?

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

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