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. In Act One, what does Rachel try to convince Cates to do?

2. What ability does Bannister lack?

3. Why does Davenport accept Bannister for the jury?

4. Who does Rachel tell Drummond she is scared of?

5. Prior to accepting the jury, who does the judge rule as out of order?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Brady says that Cates' "bigoted opinions" will not be forgotten by the community, even if they are removed from court record. What does this say about the power of ideas?

3. 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?

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

5. How is the attentiveness to Brady's speech post-trial different from the other times he has spoken?

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

7. Why does Drummond attempt to dismiss Dunlap without asking him any questions?

8. 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?

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

10. How does the crowd react when Cates is found guilty? Is this a different outcome than expected?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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?

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