Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. In his introduction, how does the author describe the scene where Clarence Darrow questions William Jennings Bryan?

The author, Edward J. Larson, describes Clarence Darrow questioning William Jennings Bryan as one of America's most famous courtroom scenes. It takes place on the lawn outside the courtroom, due to the large audience. The town has a dwindling population of less than 1,800 at the time. Yet, during the trial the number of spectators grows from several hundred to over 3,000. A wooden platform has been constructed outside specifically for this purpose. This provides everyone a clear view.

2. In what fashion does defense attorney Darrow question Bryan?

Defense attorney Darrow calls Bryan, a prosecutor, to the stand. Darrow never specifically questions Bryan about evolution. Instead, he leads him through a number of questions regarding Old Testament miracles. Darrow elicits the response he seeks from Bryan: that some passages in scripture need interpretation. intending to show that using the Bible as a source for teaching nature and science is faulty. Further, this is the question upon which the trial rests.

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