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. Where does the opening of Act One take place?

2. Rachel tells Hornbeck all answers to existence are found where?

3. Hornbeck asks Elijah if he is a what?

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

5. Who is providing Cates with a lawyer?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. 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?

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

5. 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?

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

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

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

9. Does the phrase "fuss and feathers" sound like something the character of Drummond would typically say? Why or why not? If not, why is he saying it?

10. When Brady and Drummond speak about their friendship, which character seems to regret the loss?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are moments in Inherit the Wind where Drummond is referred to as the devil.

Part 1) How is the devil defined in this context?

Part 2) Who considers Drummond to be the devil?

Part 3) Do you agree with this nickname? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Drummond states that his experience with the law is like being on a merry-go-round. Why is this? What are some moments from Inherit the Wind that back up his theory?

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