Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

Edward Larson
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Essay Topic 1

In the introduction to Summer of the Gods, Edward J. Larson focuses on the two principal attorneys in the trial. What are the professional backgrounds of Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryan? Why are they each so keen on participating in the trial? How do their respective personalities and feelings concerning the causes they believe in affect the trial?

Essay Topic 2

What is the Piltdown skull? What is its significance? What leads scientists to believe it was hominoid? What was unique about the jaw? What was Arthur Smith Woodward's connection to the skull and his importance? Why is it the larger American begins to take notice?

Essay Topic 3

What moment does Larson describe in the Introduction? What is he seeking to do? What individuals are the readers introduced to? What is the status between them?

Essay Topic 4

How do science and Christianity exist together prior to...

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