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. Who encourages the town to greet Brady's arrival?

2. Where is Inherit the Wind set?

3. In Act One, who makes a secret visit to Hillsboro Jail?

4. What color are the suspenders Drummond wears to court in Act 1, Scene 2?

5. When Melinda sees Drummond's shadow, she thinks it is what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Drummond object to the judge's announcement regarding the prayer meeting?

4. Brady and Drummond were once friends. What do the two characters have in common?

5. Describe the character, Rachel.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

Choosing from one of the following, write an essay on how this character has changed throughout Inherit the Wind. Include who they were at the start of the play, the pivotal moment that changed them, and who they were by the end.

- Rachel.

- Cates.

- Drummond.

(see the answer keys)

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