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

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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. Anti-evolutionists gain a political and legal issue when a group in which state calls for a law against teaching evolution?

3. Because of the shape and size of the Piltdown skull, scientists at that time believe it is a what?

4. Who is the presiding judge?

5. Larson presents the leading players, Darrow and Bryan, and provides a sense of what between them?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is the position Darrow comes to help in defending?

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

6. What were concerns the ACLU had about Darrow?

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

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

9. When the Tennessee law against teaching evolution is enacted, what does the ACLU do?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At the beginning, how do the members of the Dayton group handle decision-making in challenging the Tennessee law? What did they seek to accomplish? How does this change subsequent to Darrow and Bryan coming into the picture?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

What effects upon collective memories of trial events transpire over time? How does the socio-political context of subsequent time periods influence these effects?

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