Act 3 and 4 The Crucible

Why do Giles, Francis, and Proctor want to talk to Danforth? They want to persuade the judge that their wives are good women and innocent and also present Mary Warren’s evidence to the court
What is Parris’s argument against Proctor? Parris says that Proctor is trying to overthrow the court and that Proctor has hated Parris since Parris got to town
What does Mary tell Danforth? She tells Danforth that the girls have been pretending this whole time, including herself
When Danforth hears that Elizabeth is pregnant, what does he allow? Danforth says Elizabeth won’t hang until after she gives birth
What paper did ninety-one people sign? It was a testimony saying that Rebecca, Elizabeth, and Martha were all good, upstanding, God-loving citizens
“… a person is either with this court or he must be counted against it, there be no road between.” Explain the importance of Danforth’s statement. The accused aren’t going to win and if you disagree with the court then you’re going against the court and God
What quote did Proctor use to help Mary remain brave? Do that which is good, and no harm will come to thee
Of what does Giles accuse Putnam? Giles accuses Putnam of killing Putnam’s neighbors for their land
What is Hale’s problem as Proctor and his friends present evidence to Danforth? Hale can see that anyone who tries to defend themselves will be seen as attacking the court
Hawthorne thinks of a test for Mary. What is it? Can she do it? Why or why not? He asks her to faint as she did in the courtroom. She couldn’t faint because she’s a follower and can’t do it without the leadership. She’s also scared of what the girls will do.
Proctor calls Abigail a *****, and he confesses his lechery. Danforth tests Proctor’s statement by calling for Elizabeth and asking her why Abigail was dismissed. What does Elizabeth say? Why? She thought John fancied Abigail but he didn’t cheat on her. She lied to protect John
What do the girls do to Mary? What is her response? They pretend her spirit is coming to get them and the betray Mary for accusing them. Mary tells them to stop it but they don’t so she joins in for her own protection and she turns on Proctor
In what way is Hale responsible for what the girls do to Mary? He supplies the narrative for them back in Act 1. He gives them the words to say by accident and makes what the girls are saying more believeable
What happens to Proctor? He gets arrested for witchcraft
What does Hale do? He quits the court
What explanation does Cheever give for Parris’ “mad look”? He thinks Parris is upset because Parris is the one having to deal with all the farmers fighting over the abandoned cows
Why is Parris actually upset about instead of what Cheever said? Parris is upset that Abby has stolen his money and run away. A secret group of people are also threatening his life. Parris is upset because he thinks the consequences of his participation in the Trials will mean his death, especially since Abby’s running away makes her look guilty of something
What did Abigail do? She stole money from Parris and disappeared leaving on a ship
Parris says, “You cannot hang this sort. There is danger for me.” What “sort” does he mean, and what is the danger to him? Proctor, Rebecca, Elizabeth, and Martha were respected by the community, people doubted their connections with the Devil. Since Parris was so involved with the prosecution, he was beginning to get threats on his life
Explain Danforth’s reason that a pardon would not be just. If he would pardon the remaining accused, the people who were hanged would’ve died unjustly. Rather than admit he was wrong he thought it better to continue hanging people so all accused would get equal treatment
Why has Hale come back to Salem? He came to encourage the accused to confess and save their lives. He feels like life is the most precious gift God gives and that it’s worse to throw that gift away then to confess to something you didn’t do
What does Hale want Elizabeth to do? He wants her to convince Proctor to confess
What happened to Giles? He was pressed to death during questioning because he wouldn’t give the name of the person who said he heard Putnam thank his daughter for accusing George Jacobs
Proctor says, “My honesty is broke, Elizabeth, I am no good man.” Explain. Proctor thinks he’s already so guilty and bad that confessing now can’t damn him anymore
What “confession” did Elizabeth make to John? She tells him she feels she’s also responsible for his affair with Abigail. If she were a better wife, he wouldn’t have been inclined to place his affections elsewhere
What did Proctor do after he signed the confession and why? He held the confession and wouldn’t give it up to be publicly posted because he can’t bear people seeing he confessed. He knew he was innocent and didn’t want innocent people to have to give up their goodness
John says, “I have given you my soul; leave me my name!” Explain. By confessing, Proctor has ruined himself. He will remain alive for sometime and will suffer eternally so he at least wants to have a good name
“He have his goodness now. God forbid I take it from him!” What does Elizabeth mean? Proctor regains his goodness by accepting his death by hanging rather than becoming an accomplice to the misguided authorities and by holding to the truth that he wasn’t in partnership with the devil. If Elizabeth convinced him to make his confession public, his goodness would be taken away again. She understands the importance of Proctor’s eternal well-being and wished that for him over her own desires

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