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 notices the train when Brady is arriving?

2. Brady says that Drummond defended a publishing company for what?

3. What color are the suspenders Drummond wears to court in Act 1, Scene 2?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the presence of the radio man signify?

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

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

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

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

7. How does Brady change the word evolution to demonstrate his opinion on the topic?

8. Although Hornbeck is on Drummond's side of the case, Drummond does not support him. Why?

9. Why does Drummond bring up horse racing while awaiting the verdict?

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

Relationships are an important part of Inherit the Wind, as they show us how other characters treat one another. Choose one of the following relationships and explain what you have learned about the participants, based on their relationships with one another.

- Mr. and Mrs. Brady.

- Rachel and Reverend Brown.

- Rachel and Cates.

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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