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. What does Rachel beg Drummond to do, following jury selection?

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

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

4. Where does Sillers work?

5. Drummond refers to what as "Brown's product"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Drummond protest the "Read Your Bible" sign?

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

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

4. How does the crowd react when Cates is found guilty? Is this a different outcome than expected?

5. When Reverend Brown asks God to curse his daughter for her defense of Cates, what does this say about his character?

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

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

8. What is Drummond's philosophy about laughter? Why?

9. Describe the character, Rachel.

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Drummond and Brady are revealed to be old friends who have fallen away from their friendship with one another. Answer the following:

Part 1) When are Brady and Drummond friends? What do they have in common?

Part 2) Why do they grow apart? Who regrets the distance?

Part 3) At any point in Inherit the Wind, is there hope of rekindling the friendship? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Brady mentions several cases that Drummond has worked on in the past. What are these cases? What do they say about Drummond's character as a man and as a lawyer?

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