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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. Who will Rachel appear as a witness for?

2. Rachel tells Hornbeck all answers to existence are found where?

3. Why does Hornbeck call the monkey the "father of the human race"?

4. Who approaches Drummond immediately following the jury selection?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why are the townspeople happy about the trial?

4. Although Hornbeck is on Drummond's side of the case, Drummond does not support him. Why?

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

6. Cates declares that he is being treated worse than who? Why does he say this?

7. Brady is portrayed as a somewhat gluttonous character throughout the play. As gluttony appears in the Bible as a sin, this demonstrates that Brady is willing to judge others on their sins but is unwilling to chastise himself. Why?

8. 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?

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

10. Why does Drummond object to the judge's announcement regarding the prayer meeting?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Brady and Drummond are the two main characters of the play, both fighting to win over the town and of course, their side of the case. Choose either Brady or Drummond and analyze the following.

Part 1) Describe this character based on what is said about him before he arrives in Hillsboro.

Part 2) Compare this image to who he is when he arrives.

Part 3) Analyze how and why he has changed by the time he departs.

Essay Topic 2

Popular opinion shapes how Brady feels about himself throughout Inherit the Wind. Choose one of the following moments from the play and analyze how it helped or hurt Brady's self-confidence and why.

1) The way Brady was greeted when he arrived in town.

2) The time Brady served on the witness stand.

3) The speech Brady made on the radio, following the verdict.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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