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

2. Who does Rachel tell Drummond she is scared of?

3. To Rachel, Hornbeck claims to be on whose side?

4. What ability does Bannister lack?

5. Drummond is awarded what title by the Mayor?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. 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?

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

5. 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?

6. Hornbeck refers to the prayer meeting as a show. What moments so far in the play have also created a show-like atmosphere, and why?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Brady and Drummond are the two main characters of the play, both fighting to win over the town and of course, their side of the case. Choose either Brady or Drummond and analyze the following.

Part 1) Describe this character based on what is said about him before he arrives in Hillsboro.

Part 2) Compare this image to who he is when he arrives.

Part 3) Analyze how and why he has changed by the time he departs.

Essay Topic 2

Drummond states that his experience with the law is like being on a merry-go-round. Why is this? What are some moments from Inherit the Wind that back up his theory?

Essay Topic 3

Analyze the final moment of Inherit the Wind, when Drummond balances both the Bible and Darwin's Origin of Species in his hands, finally leaving with both.

Part 1) Why does Drummond weigh both books together?

Part 2) When Drummond leaves, why does he leave with both books?

Part 3) At the beginning of the play, do you feel he would have done the same? Why or why not?

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