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

2. To Rachel, Hornbeck claims to be on whose side?
(a) Hillsboro.
(b) Reverend Brown.
(c) Cates.
(d) Rachel.

3. What do the storekeeper and Mrs. Krebs discuss in Act One?
(a) Brady and public opinion.
(b) The price of milk.
(c) The weather and the devil.
(d) The innocence of Bert Cates.

4. According to Hornbeck, who is the monkey's greatest descendant?
(a) Darwin.
(b) Reverend Brown.
(c) Brady.
(d) Melinda.

5. What color are the suspenders Drummond wears to court in Act 1, Scene 2?
(a) Black.
(b) Purple.
(c) Yellow.
(d) Orange.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who approaches Drummond immediately following the jury selection?

2. Prior to Brady's arrival, Melinda sells what?

3. Rachel tells Hornbeck all answers to existence are found where?

4. Drummond believes what type of people never experience confusion?

5. What does Darwin's "Origin of Species" teach?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Cates leave the church that Rachel's father preaches at? Does she hold this against Cates?

2. 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?

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

4. Why does Drummond protest the "Read Your Bible" sign?

5. Why are the townspeople happy about the trial?

6. Why does Drummond attempt to dismiss Dunlap without asking him any questions?

7. Why is it ironic that Reverend Brown is in a bad mood the first time the audience meets him, yet he scolds others for not having community spirit?

8. How is the attentiveness to Brady's speech post-trial different from the other times he has spoken?

9. Why does Drummond ask Brady if the story of Jonah, found in the Bible, should be taken literally? What is Drummond suggesting when he asks this question?

10. Hornbeck just listens to Brady's speech, unlike the other reporters, who hang on Brady's every word. What does this tell the audience about Hornbeck?

(see the answer keys)

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