Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial
(watch at http://video.pbs.org/video/980040807/ )

As you watch the movie, consider the following questions. Answer in complete and thoughtful sentences. The movie is long and may take several days to complete. Time is stamped to help with class planning.

Part 1: The Start of the Controversy (Approximately 30 minutes)

1. What started the problems that occurred in Dover?


2. Summarize the idea of "Intelligent Design."


3. The very nature of scientific inquiry was on trial.....


4. What was the outcome of the Scopes trial? What was the long term affect of this decision?


5. Why is teaching creationism a violation of student rights?


6. How is Intelligent Design similar to Creationism? How is it different?


7. Why did the science teachers object to reading the statement?

Part 2: Setting Up the Trial (Approximately 35 minutes)

darwin on trial8. To win the case, the plaintiffs (parents) would need to prove what?


9. Summarize Miller's testimony as an expert witness.


10. How does evolution allow us to make PREDICTIONS about what will be found in the fossil record?


11. How did the expert testimonies decribe a THEORY?


12. Primates related to human have 24 pairs of chromosomes, and humans have 23 pairs. How does evolution explain this?


13. According to Eugenie Scott, what is the major problem with Intelligent Design?

Part 3: Case for Defense (at 1:05; Approximately 35 minutes)

14. How did the defense testimony describe DESIGN? What example was used?



15. What is the establishment clause in the constitution?


16. . What evidence was used to show that intelligent design was just a relabeled version of creationism? Why was this important to the case?


17. What is the goal of the Discovery Institute as stated by a secret document discovered on the internet?

Part 4: Closing Arguments and Outcome (at 1:40; Approximately 15 minutes)

18. How did the trail affect the school board election?



19. What was the judge's final statements regarding the school board's actions?




20. What did the judge say specifically about intelligent design?