The Scopes Monkey Trial:
Should a State Ban Teaching of Darwin’s Theory of Evolution?
worksheet and discussion guide
The Scopes trial of 1925 revolved around a Tennessee law that banned the teaching of Darwin’s theory of evolution. The deeper issue involved a clash between traditional religious beliefs and modern science.
Read information below about the prosecution and defense, answer the questions and then decide whether or not “a State Ban Teaching of Darwin’s Theory of Evolution?”
1. How does Bryan’s view of science differ from that of Malone?
2. What does each man feel should happen when science clashes with religion?