Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion Test | Final 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. Bryan comes how many days before the trial, giving him control over the "stage" of Dayton until defense arrival?

2. Tennessee outlaws teaching that denies the biblical account of creation, so the defense wants to show what?

3. Bryan leaves legal issues to the other lawyers and assumes responsibility to do what?

4. With the McCarthy-era attacks on individual liberty and rights, what does the trial come to symbolize?

5. The defense identifies how many different constitutional objections to the statute?

Short Essay Questions

1. What witnesses does the prosecution call?

2. Which side is seen as the true winner of the Scopes trial?

3. What transpires within the anti-evolution crusade following the Scopes trial?

4. Who does Scopes confer with in New York the month before the trial?

5. Henry Fairfield Osborn approaches the trial in what fashion?

6. Why is it in the final analysis that neither side is able to claim a decisive victory?

7. How does Davenport prepare for the trial?

8. What did McCarthy-era attacks bring the Scopes trial to symbolize?

9. What, essentially, do the prosecution and the defense offer when the judge instructs them to make their opening statements?

10. How does the questioning of the jury proceed?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What controversies take place regarding daily prayers during the trial? What objections does the defense make, and why? What do they request? What position does the prosecution maintain? Upon hearing the judge's decision, what is expected and what finally results?

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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