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

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

3. Why does Davenport accept Bannister for the jury?
(a) He hates Cates.
(b) He loves serving on juries.
(c) He's old.
(d) He's a church goer.

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

5. Drummond believes what to be essential to clear thought?
(a) Prayer.
(b) Preparation.
(c) Mediation.
(d) Laughter.

Short Answer Questions

1. Howard tells Melinda that she originated as what?

2. Bannister claims that Drummond represents who in the past?

3. What color are the suspenders Drummond wears to court in Act 1, Scene 2?

4. Where does the beginning of Act 1, Scene 2 take place?

5. Howard tells Melinda that her father originated as what?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why do the workers choose to leave the "Read Your Bible" sign up on the courthouse? What does this signify?

3. 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?

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

5. 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?

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

7. Cates declares that he is being treated worse than who? Why does he say this?

8. What is significant about the opening interaction between Howard and Melinda?

9. Why can't the Origin of Species be taught in Hillsboro?

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

(see the answer keys)

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