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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 announces the meeting held at the court on the night of the jury selection?
(a) Melinda.
(b) Drummond.
(c) The judge.
(d) Brady.

2. Why does Bannister want the front seat in the jury box?
(a) The trial will be a show.
(b) He has terrible vision.
(c) He won't fall asleep.
(d) He is incredibly short.

3. Rachel tells Hornbeck all answers to existence are found where?
(a) The heavens.
(b) The stars.
(c) Nature.
(d) The Bible.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Davenport accept Bannister for the jury?

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

3. How does Rachel describe Brady to Cates?

4. Brady says that Drummond defended a publishing company for what?

5. The Storekeeper thinks opinions are what?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

4. Why does Drummond take both the Bible and the Origin of Species when he leaves town?

5. Is Brady respected by the townspeople? Why?

6. 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?

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

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

9. 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?

10. Although Cates lost, it is said that he won. Why?

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