The Crucible: Act 1 Comprehension

Why has Reverend Parris sent for a doctor as the play begins? Betty won’t wake up
What advice does the doctor send back? to look for unnatural sources
What does Parris question his niece Abigail about? why they were dancing
What is Parris’s main concern? his reputation
What did Parris see in the woods the previous night? the girls dancing
What has Elizabeth Proctor said about Abigail? her soul is tainted
Why does Abigail say she was dismissed by the Proctors? they wanted a slave
What rumors have circulated the town about Betty Parris? What proof later occurs that “proves” that she is a witch? that she was flying; someone saw her
Why did Mrs. Putnam contact Tituba? to talk to her dead babies
Whom does Abigail accuse of conjuring spirits at this point? Tituba
What does Betty Parris reveal about what happened in the woods? Abigail drank blood
What threat does Abigail make to the other girls? if they tell she will kill them
What happened in the past between John Proctor and Abigail? How do each of them feel about it now? an affair; Proctor denies; and Abigail wants
What is the function of Rebecca Nurse in the play? voice of reason
How does John Proctor feel about Reverend Parris? he doesn’t like him at all
What is the dispute between John Proctor and Thomas Putnam? over land
Why is Reverend Hale in Salem? to look for witches
What does Giles Corey reveal to Reverend Hale? that his wife is reading books
When Abigail is questioned by Reverend Hale, whom does she blame? What proof does she offer? Tituba; makes her laugh in church
What ultimatum is Tituba given? confess or die
Whom does Tituba accuse of being a witch? Sarah Goode
Why does Abigail begin accusing people at this point? no more blame on her
Why does Betty Parris start accusing people? she wants a way out

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