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. Rachel tells Hornbeck all answers to existence are found where?

2. What type of jury does Drummond say that Brady wants?

3. Brady is called Colonel in spite of what?

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

5. Bert Cates is in jail for what crime?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

5. Why do the workers choose to leave the "Read Your Bible" sign up on the courthouse? What does this signify?

6. Hornbeck says progress has made ordinary people obsolete. What is meant by this statement?

7. When Rachel's father turns on her, who defends her? Does this make this character more likable?

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. Describe the character, Rachel.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The small talk between the characters in Inherit the Wind is simple and mindless.

Part 1) What topics are discussed? Why?

Part 2) What topics are not discussed? Why?

Part 3) Why do you think the townspeople stick to safe topics? What might happen if real conversations started taking place?

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

Out of the following three characters, determine who you feel has the most to win or lose with Cates' court case and why. Back up your theory with specific examples from the text.

- Reverend Brown.

- Brady.

- Cates.

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