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. Which man, Darrow or Bryan, eventually backs down from the challenges the Scopes trial presents?

2. The Introduction focuses on questioning taking place on a wooden platform in what location?

3. What position does Bryan previously serve in, but later resign from?

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

5. The scene that the author refers to in his Introduction is said to be reminiscent of what dramatic scenes?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What role does William Jennings Bryan play in the rise of the anti-evolutionary movement and events leading to the Scopes trial?

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

4. How do anti-evolutionists respond to new fossil discoveries and discussion of evolution?

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

6. What are some of the similarities Darrow will present in comparison to Bryan?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What general sentiments permeating American society, both during and immediately subsequent to World War I, have been significantly responsible for the ACLU being largely unsuccessful in the legal cases they have taken up prior to the Scopes trial? Individuals challenging these ideologies have what strikes against them?

Essay Topic 2

What role does the media play in the Scopes trial? How does it view the press releases and lectures that the lawyers of both sides offer?

Essay Topic 3

What sort of contrast to each other do Bryan and Darrow present? How do their respective personalities and feelings concerning the causes they believe in affect the trial? What roles do differences in their religious beliefs or lack thereof, and views of human evolution theories play?

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