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. Who spurs the idea that science and religion conflict, and deny a growing consensus among theologians and scientists by the 1900s?

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

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

4. Which two young attorneys agree to serve on the prosecution?

5. It seems an irregular case as the ACLU is paying litigation costs, and the prosecution is acting under whom?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Why was Scopes seen as the ideal defendant?

8. What were concerns the ACLU had about Darrow?

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

10. How is it that, by the turn of the 20th century, writers and historians are keeping alive the idea of disagreement between religion and science?

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

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?

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