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. What does Drummond say about Cates when Rachel asks about him?

2. Brady is called Colonel in spite of what?

3. While in jail, what is Cates surprised by?

4. How is Brady's physicality described?

5. Who approaches Drummond immediately following the jury selection?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Rachel willing to testify against Cates?

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

3. 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?

4. How does Drummond try to win over the crowd at the beginning of the trial?

5. What is Howard's reaction to the teachings he receives on evolution?

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

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

8. At what point does Drummond accept Siller as a juror?

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

10. Why does the judge dismiss the majority of Drummond's witnesses?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Cates is on trial for breaking a law; teaching Darwinism in his classroom. In court, Drummond makes Cates' case about something different altogether.

Part 1) What does Drummond make Cates' case about?

Part 2) How does this angle change the outcome of the case?

Part 3) If Drummond had not changed the angle, do you believe Cates would have gone to jail? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Hillsboro was a small town prior to the trial that took place. Write a brief essay on how Hillsboro has changed as a result of the trial.

Part 1) What is the town of Hillsboro like before the trial?

Part 2) How will the outcome of the trial affect the citizens and their way of thought?

Part 3) Do you foresee Hillsboro becoming famous as a result of the trial? Why or why not?

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