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. Prior to accepting the jury, who does the judge rule as out of order?

2. Who approaches Brady following the jury selection?

3. Drummond is awarded what title by the Mayor?

4. What name does Hornbeck give the monkey in Act One?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is Howard's reaction to the teachings he receives on evolution?

4. How does Drummond try to win over the crowd at the beginning of the trial?

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

6. Why does Rachel stand on the sidelines instead of participating in the prayer meeting?

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

8. Why can't the Origin of Species be taught in Hillsboro?

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

10. Why are the townspeople happy about the trial?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Cates is on trial for breaking a law; teaching Darwinism in his classroom. In court, Drummond makes Cates' case about something different altogether.

Part 1) What does Drummond make Cates' case about?

Part 2) How does this angle change the outcome of the case?

Part 3) If Drummond had not changed the angle, do you believe Cates would have gone to jail? 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

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.

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