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 is Howard doing at the beginning of Act One?

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

3. What does Rachel say Cates wants to do, following jury selection?

4. Drummond is awarded what title by the Mayor?

5. Where does the opening of Act One take place?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why are the townspeople happy about the trial?

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

3. How does Drummond's experience with the rocking horse shape his life?

4. Cates reveals to Rachel that he taught Darwinism in his classroom because he "thought he was right". What does this tell the reader about Cates' character?

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

6. 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?

7. Why is Rachel willing to testify against Cates?

8. Is Brady respected by the townspeople? Why?

9. The Mayor refuses to remove the title of Colonel from Brady; instead, he awards a similar title to Drummond when Drummond complains. What does this action demonstrate about the town's mentality?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

When Drummond is appointed "temporary Honorary Colonel" by the Mayor, Drummond is shocked to hear that his title will be permanent when the "right forms are signed". Drummond is troubled by this as he, like Brady, did not serve time in the military. Analyze why the Mayor's power to bestow this undeserved honor is significant to the story.

Essay Topic 2

Popular opinion shapes how Brady feels about himself throughout Inherit the Wind. Choose one of the following moments from the play and analyze how it helped or hurt Brady's self-confidence and why.

1) The way Brady was greeted when he arrived in town.

2) The time Brady served on the witness stand.

3) The speech Brady made on the radio, following the verdict.

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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