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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. Rachel asks Drummond if Cates is a what?
(a) Hero.
(b) Attention seeker.
(c) Criminal.
(d) Liar.

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

3. When Hornbeck comes to town, what does he buy?
(a) A hotdog.
(b) Beer.
(c) A Bible.
(d) Lemonade.

4. Drummond refers to what as "Brown's product"?
(a) Fear.
(b) Religion.
(c) The Bible.
(d) Socialism.

5. When Rachel runs away from Cates, what does he do?
(a) Chases her down and fights with her.
(b) Chases her down and kisses her.
(c) Chases her down and hugs her.
(d) Lets her go.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. Who approaches Drummond immediately following the jury selection?

4. Where does Sillers work?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Although Hornbeck is on Drummond's side of the case, Drummond does not support him. Why?

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

3. How does the crowd react when Cates is found guilty? Is this a different outcome than expected?

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

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. Cates reveals to Rachel that he taught Darwinism in his classroom because he "thought he was right". What does this tell the reader about Cates' character?

7. At the end of Act One, Drummond is left alone on the stage. What does this moment signify?

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

9. The prayer meeting becomes an act of entertainment. How does religion as entertainment affect the townspeople's commitment to it?

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

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