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

2. In June 1925, Scopes meets with which three well-known scientists who help shape public response to his trial?

3. About how many reporters cover the trial from Dayton?

4. Other writers follow Allen's unintentional reconstructions and view the trial as the last stand of what?

5. Larson illustrates how collective memories of events do what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What early legal issues echo the argument that is before the court?

2. What does Bryan do upon conclusion of the Scopes trial?

3. How does Davenport prepare for the trial?

4. How do fundamentalists approach modernists and evolutionists to debate?

5. Why are court proceedings moved to the courthouse lawn?

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

7. Was there any middle ground between the modernists and fundamentalists?

8. What transpires in the 1950s?

9. Why is it important which witness the defense opens with?

10. How is Bryan at the center of the pretrial publicity?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Why is the Scopes trial widely regarded as the trial of the century?

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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