1. Why is Cates arrested?
2. Who represents
the prosecution in the play?
3. What biologist’s
research and ideas led to what we know as the theory of evolution?
4. How does Howard
offend Melinda in the first scene?
5. During what time
of year does the trial take place?
6. Why does Rachel
testify against Cates?
7. What happens when
Brady arrives in Hillsboro?
8. What does the
banner hanging in the center of town say?
9. What title does
the judge use to address Brady?
10. What is Drummond’s
reaction to Brady’s title?
11. What does Drummond
say in response to Cates’s description of the townspeople’s treatment
12. When did Rachel
start to fear her father?
13. What does Hornbeck
do when Brady holds an informal press conference?
14. Which biblical
story does Reverend Brown recite during his town prayer meeting?
15. Why does Reverend
Brown condemn his own daughter’s soul to anguish?
16. What real-life
court case provided the inspiration for Inherit the Wind?
17. How do Rachel
and Cates know each other?
18. Who is Tommy
19. Why is Rachel
dismissed from the witness stand?
20. What unusual
and unexpected courtroom maneuver does Drummond make?
21. What is the significance
of the radio man’s presence at the trial?
22. What is Cates’s
23. What does Brady
recite in his delirium after he becomes ill?
25. Which pair of
characters leaves together on the evening train?