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. What is Howard doing at the beginning of Act One?

2. What does Darwin's "Origin of Species" directly conflict with?

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

4. What do the storekeeper and Mrs. Krebs discuss in Act One?

5. When Hornbeck comes to town, what does he buy?

Short Essay Questions

1. Hornbeck says progress has made ordinary people obsolete. What is meant by this statement?

2. When Rachel visits Cates in jail, what does she urge him to do, and why?

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

4. Hornbeck refers to the prayer meeting as a show. What moments so far in the play have also created a show-like atmosphere, and why?

5. Why is Rachel willing to testify against Cates?

6. What is evolution? What is the story of creation in the Bible?

7. How is the character, Drummond described before he arrives in town?

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

9. At the end of Act One, Drummond is left alone on the stage. What does this moment signify?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Drummond and Brady are revealed to be old friends who have fallen away from their friendship with one another. Answer the following:

Part 1) When are Brady and Drummond friends? What do they have in common?

Part 2) Why do they grow apart? Who regrets the distance?

Part 3) At any point in Inherit the Wind, is there hope of rekindling the friendship? Why or why not?

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

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?

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