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. How does Melinda respond to Howard's opinion on origin?

2. What is Cates unsure of?

3. What does Drummond say about Cates when Rachel asks about him?

4. What does Drummond ask Rachel about her mother?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why are the townspeople happy about the trial?

3. What are Drummond's views on language and communication? When does he express these?

4. What does the presence of the radio man signify?

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

6. Why does the judge dismiss the majority of Drummond's witnesses?

7. 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?

8. 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?

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

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

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 Howard torments Melinda at the beginning of the play, she threatens to tell her father about Howard's ideas.

Part 1) What does Howard tell Melinda?

Part 2) Why is she scared of his ideas?

Part 3) When she threatens to tell her father, how does this parallel Rachel's relationship with her father?

Essay Topic 3

Out of the following three characters, determine who you feel has the most to win or lose with Cates' court case and why. Back up your theory with specific examples from the text.

- Reverend Brown.

- Brady.

- Cates.

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