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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Darrow grows to see evolutionary theory as a way of doing what?
(a) Guaranteeing American civil liberty of freedom of speech.
(b) Supporting the ACLU leaders in garnering their initial victory.
(c) Debunking biblical accounts of divine creation, design.
(d) Achieving Scopes' clearance of the criminal charges.

2. Over a century before the Piltdown skull find, who argues that environmental changes may affect biological makeup, and changes pass down to offspring?
(a) Charles Dawson.
(b) Chevalier de Lamarck.
(c) Georges Cuvier.
(d) Charles Darwin.

3. When Tennessee's bill passes, the ACLU runs a notice where, seeking a teacher willing to challenge the law?
(a) Nashville Tribune.
(b) Knoxville Journal.
(c) Chattanooga Times.
(d) Memphis Flyer.

4. The anti-evolution movement develops during the 1920s as it does due to Bryan's leadership and what else?
(a) Fundamentalists' opposition to conservative Christianity.
(b) Modernists' strong support of conservative Christianity.
(c) Fundamentalists' support of modernism.
(d) Fundamentalists' opposition to modernism.

5. What is it that Larson shows that helps put the ACLU into a position to test the Tennessee law and defend Scopes?
(a) That law holds a criminal penalty.
(b) Darrow agrees to defend.
(c) Locating a willing teacher.
(d) Its origins.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is the presiding judge?

2. After the war, the National Civil Liberties Bureau changes its name to what to reflect its new focus defending labor union activists?

3. When does John W. Butler propose it a misdemeanor to teach that man evolves, "from a lower order of animal" instead of the biblical account?

4. Scopes is the ideal defendant in many ways being young, single, shy, well-liked, and what else?

5. What question does the Scopes trial rest on?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are essential things that took place during the preliminary hearing on May 9, 1925?

2. What does George W. Rappleyea see upon viewing the press release about the trial in Dayton?

3. What were concerns the ACLU had about Darrow?

4. How does Darrow become involved in the Scopes trial on the defense side?

5. What role does World War I play in the tensions between fundamentalists and modernists?

6. What initial legislative reform does Bryan seek prior to Tennessee?

7. What is the position that Bryan comes to aid in prosecuting?

8. Why does the National Civil Liberties Bureau change its name to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)?

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

10. Although Darrow never specifically asked about evolution, he did lead Bryan through a series of questions intended to show what?

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