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 asks Drummond if Cates is a what?

2. Cates describes the conditions in jail as what?

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

4. Drummond believes what to be essential to clear thought?

5. When Rachel runs away from Cates, what does he do?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. Define Drummond's word "clock-stoppers".

4. Why does Drummond take both the Bible and the Origin of Species when he leaves town?

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

6. Why does Drummond call Brady to the stand to speak about the Bible?

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

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

9. Why is it ironic that Reverend Brown is in a bad mood the first time the audience meets him, yet he scolds others for not having community spirit?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

Hillsboro was a small town prior to the trial that took place. Write a brief essay on how Hillsboro has changed as a result of the trial.

Part 1) What is the town of Hillsboro like before the trial?

Part 2) How will the outcome of the trial affect the citizens and their way of thought?

Part 3) Do you foresee Hillsboro becoming famous as a result of the trial? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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