Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Edward Larson
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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. After 1923, anti-evolutionists begin focusing on which state for legal action?

2. Who finds part of a parietal bone and skull pieces long before the trial that become known as the Piltdown skull?

3. What is the response Darrow is seeking when questioning Bryan in the introduction?

4. On May 25, what does the grand jury hear?

5. What question does the Scopes trial rest on?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the find that paleontologist Arthur Smith Woodward labels Eoanthropus dasoni?

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

3. What were concerns the ACLU had about Darrow?

4. Why is it that the ACLU is concerned about the academic freedom around which the Scopes trial centers?

5. Why is it that the anti-evolution crusade revives in the 1920s?

6. How is it that this case does not seem normal from the start?

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

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

9. What are two legal battles that helped make Darrow prominent?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At the start, the defense challenges the anti-abortion law's constitutionality in a motion to quash the indictment by identifying fourteen separate objections. What does the defense stress? What does the prosecution argue regarding the majority? Why is Darrow's rebuttal important? What reasons does the defense argue that makes the statute illegal? What does he contend regarding the biblical accounts?

Essay Topic 2

What strategic planning takes place on both the parts of the prosecution and the defense? Why do they pursue their different approaches?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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