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. According to Hornbeck, who is the monkey's greatest descendant?

2. There is a banner put up before Brady arrives. What does it say?

3. How does Rachel describe Brady to Cates?

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

5. Drummond believes what type of people never experience confusion?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Is Brady respected by the townspeople? Why?

3. Cates declares that he is being treated worse than who? Why does he say this?

4. Drummond says that society measures everything by an "arbitrary grid of morality". What does this mean?

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

6. Why does Rachel stand on the sidelines instead of participating in the prayer meeting?

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

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

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

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

Based on evidence from the play, explain the economic state of Hillsboro. Argue for or against the idea that religion is a significant form of commerce for Hillsboro. Cite specific examples from the text.

Essay Topic 2

When Brady comes to town, he does so with fanfare and promises. Analyze the following promises he made to people and whether or not he delivered.

Part 1) What does Brady promise Davenport? What does he promise the people of Hillsboro?

Part 2) Is it important for Brady to hold up his word? Why or why not? Cite examples from the text.

Part 3) When Brady does not hold up his word or fails at his promised outcome, how does this affect him? Why?

Essay Topic 3

The judge assigns Cates the punishment to pay a fine of $100. Answer the following questions:

1) Is this the sentence Cates expects to receive?

2) What does the sentence reveal about the judge's feelings on the case?

3) Why does Cates still plan to appeal the verdict?

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