Inherit the Wind Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Rachel beg Drummond to do, following jury selection?

3. When Rachel runs away from Cates, what does he do?

4. In Act One, what does Rachel try to convince Cates to do?

5. The townspeople hope Brady's presence will provide what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Rachel's conflicted loyalty between her father and Cates symbolize?

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

6. When Rachel visits Cates in jail, what does she urge him to do, and why?

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

8. Why does Drummond attempt to dismiss Dunlap without asking him any questions?

9. 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?

10. How does Brady change the word evolution to demonstrate his opinion on the topic?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choosing from one of the following, write an essay on how this character has changed throughout Inherit the Wind. Include who they were at the start of the play, the pivotal moment that changed them, and who they were by the end.

- Rachel.

- Cates.

- Drummond.

Essay Topic 2

Based on evidence from the play, explain the economic state of Hillsboro. Argue for or against the idea that religion is a significant form of commerce for Hillsboro. Cite specific examples from the text.

Essay Topic 3

Brady mentions several cases that Drummond has worked on in the past. What are these cases? What do they say about Drummond's character as a man and as a lawyer?

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