The Crucible

What kind of government does Salem have in The Crucible? Theocracy
What is Parris’s position in Salem? Minister
Before the play begins, what did Parris catch his daughter and other girls doing? Dancing in the forest
Why did Elizabeth Proctor fire Abigail? Abigail was having an affair with John Proctor.
As the play opens, whom has Parris asked to come to Salem? Reverend Hale
What is John Proctor’s chief complaint against Parris’s sermons? They focus too much on fire and brimstone.
What does Mrs. Putnam blame on witchcraft? The death of seven of her children in infancy
Who is the first person that Abigail claims practiced witchcraft? Tituba
In Act II, what does Mary Warren give to Elizabeth Proctor when she returns home from the trials? A little doll
What news does Mary Warren bring from Salem? That someone accused Elizabeth of witchcraft
Which commandment does John Proctor forget when Reverend Hale quizzes him? Thou shalt not commit adultery.
Whom do Ezekiel Cheever and Herrick, the marshal, come to the Proctor home to arrest? Elizabeth Proctor
To what does John Proctor convince Mary Warren to testify? That the girls are only pretending to be possessed
Who is in charge of the court? Danforth
Why will Elizabeth not be hanged if she is found guilty? Because she is pregnant
On what charge is Giles Corey arrested? Contempt of court
When Mary Warren testifies against them, what do Abigail and her troop of girls do? They claim that Mary is bewitching them.
What does John Proctor do, in a desperate attempt to foil Abigail? He tells the court about his affair with her.
Who is brought in to corroborate John Proctor’s claims about Abigail? Elizabeth Proctor
What does Elizabeth do when called upon to testify? Tells a lie
What does the court do with John Proctor? It arrests and tries him for witchcraft.
When John Proctor is facing death, what does Hale urge him to do? Confess, even though he is innocent
Why does Proctor retract his confession? Because the officials demand that he sign his name to it
What does Abigail do at the end of the play? She flees Salem, after robbing her uncle.
What ultimately happens to John Proctor? He is hanged.
Why does Abigail Williams live with Reverend Parris? She is his niece.
Which of these characters is not condemned for witchery? Giles Corey
Why does Reverend Parris wish to spare Proctor? He fears for his life if a respected man is hanged.
“The Devil is precise; the marks of his presence are definite as stone.” What is the significance of this line? It is ironic, for Reverend Hale is using ambiguous marks to define the devil’s presence.
Which of the following did occur during the dancing? Tituba attempted to conjure Ruth Putnam’s sisters. Mercy Lewis danced naked. Abigail Williams drank a charm to kill Goody Proctor.
“More weight.” What of the following is not significant about this line? Danforth erroneously believes that Giles will admit to witchery if placed under greater torture.
Which of the following characters does not support John Proctor’s decision to falsely admit to witchcraft? Elizabeth Proctor
Why do many of the accused admit to witchcraft? By admitting to witchcraft they guarantee that they will not be executed.
Which of the following is not a complaint that Proctor has against Reverend Parris? Parris reaches out for land at the expense of his neighbors
“Your justice would freeze beer.” To whom does this line refer? Elizabeth Proctor
What grudge do the Putnams not have against the Nurses? The Nurses own land that the Putnams covet.
What does the commandment that Proctor forgets concern? Adultery
“What victory would the Devil have to win a soul already bad?” What is the significance of this line? It foreshadows the eventual charges against respectable citizens such as Rebecca Nurse.
What is the likely reason that Old Giles cannot say his prayers? He is forgetful and barely knows his prayers.
“The Crucible” is an allegorical tale that relates most strongly to which contemporary event for Arthur Miller? The McCarthy hearings
“Theology, sir, is a fortress; no crack in a fortress may be accounted small.” What is the significance of this line? It shows that any person may be suspected of witchcraft for any small fault.
Which of the following is evidence used by Hale against the Proctors? Mary Warren’s poppet The Proctor’s absence from church. The failure of their children to be baptised.
. Which of the following is matched to the person whom he/she accuses of witchcraft? Tituba : Sarah Good Ann Putnam: Rebecca Nurse Abigail Williams : Elizabeth Proctor
Which character in the play is compared to Pontius Pilate? Reverend John Hale
Which of the following is not matched to their motive for promoting the witchcraft trials? John Hathorne : superstition
What is the significant about Danforth’s support for Proctor’s confession? It shows that his interest is in preserving the court and not in actual justice.
Which character proclaims that Abigail Williams should be “ripped out of the world”? Elizabeth Proctor
Which line best represents Elizabeth Proctor’s view in the trials? “I cannot think the Devil may own a woman’s soul when she keeps an upright way.”
What is significant about Giles Corey’s charge against Thomas Putnam? It is ironic, for Giles Corey is condemned for giving evidence that is hearsay, while equally invalid evidence is used to condemn persons for witchcraft.
What is the significance of the line “before the laws of God we are as swine! We cannot read his will.” This demonstrates the change in Reverend Hale, for at the beginning of the play he believed that he could ascertain any supernatural phenomenon.

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