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 encourages the town to greet Brady's arrival?

2. Cates describes the conditions in jail as what?

3. According to Drummond, those who hold up the progression of society are what?

4. Why does Hornbeck call the monkey the "father of the human race"?

5. Why does Davenport accept Bannister for the jury?

Short Essay Questions

1. Is Brady respected by the townspeople? Why?

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

3. Why does Reverend Brown preach from the book of Genesis at the prayer meeting?

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

5. After collapsing, what speech does Brady give as he is being carried away?

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

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

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

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

10. Why is the appearance of a monkey important in Act One?

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

Analyze the scene where Drummond gives Cates the option of backing out of the trial.

Part 1) Why does Cates choose to continue the trial?

Part 2) Is this the choice Drummond wants him to make? Why?

Part 3) Is this the choice Rachel wants him to make? Why?

Essay Topic 3

When Howard torments Melinda at the beginning of the play, she threatens to tell her father about Howard's ideas.

Part 1) What does Howard tell Melinda?

Part 2) Why is she scared of his ideas?

Part 3) When she threatens to tell her father, how does this parallel Rachel's relationship with her father?

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