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

2. The Storekeeper thinks opinions are what?

3. Cates describes the conditions in jail as what?

4. How is Brady's physicality described?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

4. Why does Brady suggest Howard may become Godless if Cates is not found guilty?

5. Why is the appearance of a monkey important in Act One?

6. How is the attentiveness to Brady's speech post-trial different from the other times he has spoken?

7. Is Brady respected by the townspeople? Why?

8. What is Cates' punishment, assigned by the judge after the verdict is read?

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

10. Why does Reverend Brown preach from the book of Genesis at the prayer meeting?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Relationships are an important part of Inherit the Wind, as they show us how other characters treat one another. Choose one of the following relationships and explain what you have learned about the participants, based on their relationships with one another.

- Mr. and Mrs. Brady.

- Rachel and Reverend Brown.

- Rachel and Cates.

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

Based on the text, choose one of the following characters and analyze their personal relationship with God or religion.

- Cates.

- Drummond.

- Reverend Brown.

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