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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. The Storekeeper thinks opinions are what?
(a) Good on a hot day.
(b) Unnecessary and confusing.
(c) Only for men.
(d) Bad for business.

2. Where does the opening of Act One take place?
(a) Hillsboro Courthouse.
(b) The town square.
(c) Melinda's home.
(d) Hillsboro Lake.

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

4. What does Rachel beg Drummond to do, following jury selection?
(a) Show some respect for her town.
(b) Call off the trial.
(c) Defend Cates to his best ability.
(d) Read his Bible.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Hornbeck call the monkey the "father of the human race"?

2. Where is Inherit the Wind set?

3. Who announces the meeting held at the court on the night of the jury selection?

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

5. If Cates apologizes, Drummond feels that Cates will be what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why does Brady suggest Howard may become Godless if Cates is not found guilty?

5. What is the purpose behind Brady asking if Drummond's suspenders are fashionable in Chicago?

6. Brady and Drummond were once friends. What do the two characters have in common?

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

8. Brady is portrayed as a somewhat gluttonous character throughout the play. As gluttony appears in the Bible as a sin, this demonstrates that Brady is willing to judge others on their sins but is unwilling to chastise himself. Why?

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

10. Drummond says that society measures everything by an "arbitrary grid of morality". What does this mean?

(see the answer keys)

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