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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) Prayer.
(b) Civil rights.
(c) Evolution.
(d) City council.

2. While in jail, what is Cates surprised by?
(a) Rachel's devotion to him.
(b) The "spectacle" of his trial.
(c) That Drummond gives him a Bible.
(d) His desire to win.

3. The townspeople hope Brady's presence will provide what?
(a) Order.
(b) Media attention.
(c) Religious fervor.
(d) Business.

4. What does Drummond ask Dunlap prior to rejecting him for the jury?
(a) Whether he believes in God.
(b) If he reads the Bible.
(c) If he loves his mother.
(d) How he is.

5. Howard tells Melinda that her father originated as what?
(a) A bird.
(b) A worm.
(c) A monkey.
(d) A dog.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where does Sillers work?

2. Brady complains that Drummond is bringing too much of what during jury selection?

3. Who approaches Drummond immediately following the jury selection?

4. According to Cates, the townspeople are treating him worse than who?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. What are Drummond's views on language and communication? When does he express these?

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

5. Describe the character, Rachel.

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. When Reverend Brown asks God to curse his daughter for her defense of Cates, what does this say about his character?

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

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

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

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