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. Why does Drummond object to the title of Colonel for Brady?

2. Why does Bannister want the front seat in the jury box?

3. The Storekeeper thinks opinions are what?

4. To Rachel, Hornbeck claims to be on whose side?

5. How is Brady's physicality described?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Rachel willing to testify against Cates?

2. Describe the character, Rachel.

3. After collapsing, what speech does Brady give as he is being carried away?

4. Why does Rachel want Cates to apologize?

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

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

7. How does Drummond's experience with the rocking horse shape his life?

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

9. When Bannister states that he wants the front seat in the jury box because "its going to be quite a show", what does this say about his opinion of the trial?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When Brady comes to town, he does so with fanfare and promises. Analyze the following promises he made to people and whether or not he delivered.

Part 1) What does Brady promise Davenport? What does he promise the people of Hillsboro?

Part 2) Is it important for Brady to hold up his word? Why or why not? Cite examples from the text.

Part 3) When Brady does not hold up his word or fails at his promised outcome, how does this affect him? Why?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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