The Crucible Act 1

As the play begins, why has Reverend Parris sent for a doctor? His daughter Betty is “sick” – as if in a coma
What advice does the doctor send back? That he can find no medical reason for her illness, and he should look for an “unnatural reason.”
What does Reverend Parris question Abigail about? If her name in the village is “white” – meaning, is her reputation good.
What/Who did Parris see in the woods the night before? He saw Abigail, Betty and other girls dancing in the woods.
What has Elizabeth Proctor said about Abigail? Elizabeth knows that Abigail and her husband had an affair, so she fired her from their service. Abigail believes that Elizabeth has spread “rumors” about the affair.
Why did Mrs. Putnam contact Tituba? She has lost 7 children in childbirth and wants to know who is “killing” her babies.
Who does Abigail accuse of conjuring spirits at this point? Tituba
What does Betty Parris reveal about what happened in the woods? Betty reveals that Abigail drank blood as a charm to kill Elizabeth.
What threat does Abigail make to the other girls? She threatens to “…come to you in the black of some terrible night and I will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder you.” In other words, she threatens to hurt them physically if they tell.
How does John Proctor feel about Reverend Parris? He does not like him. He dislikes Parris’ sermons because he …”hardly ever mentions God anymore.” John doesn’t like Parris’ concern for material things, pointing out his preoccupation for the deed to the house that the village has provided for the minister.
What is the dispute between John Proctor and Thomas Putnam? They are fighting about land and boundaries.
What does Giles Corey reveal to Reverend Hale? He is worried because his wife reads “strange” books at night. One night he couldn’t pray until she stopped reading a book. He suspects witchcraft.
When Abigail is questioned by Reverend Hale, who does she blame? What proof does she offer? She blames Tituba. For proof, she claims that Tituba has caused her to laugh during prayer. Parris confirms that Abigail does indeed laugh during prayer. To then, this is proof.
What ultimatum is given to Tituba? Confess to witchcraft, bless the Lord, and name others who are witches with her (or she will be hanged).
Who does Tituba accuse of being a witch? Sarah Good and Sarah Osborn
Why does Abigail start accusing people at this point? When Tituba saves herself by “confessing” Abigail decides to do the same.

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