The Crucible Act 1 Worksheet

What is wrong with Betty Paris? She’s in a coma like stage
How does Tituba react to Betty’s condition? Scared for Betty and herself
What news does Susanna bring from the doctor about Betty? No medical or natural knowledge about the coma
What rumors are circulating about Betty? Been witched by dancing in the woods and flying
How does Abigail initially defend the girls’ behavior in the woods? All for sport/fun
Why is Reverend Parris so worried about his reputation? Doesn’t want to be fired
What did Reverend Parris see in the woods? A dress on the ground and a girl running naked, Tituba was doing dark magic
What does Abigail claim is the reason she was discharged from the Proctor household? Mrs. Proctor was trying to make her a slave
What is wrong with Ruth Putnam? In a zombie-like trance/state
Describe 4 aspects of Thomas Putnam’s personality/character. a. Has a huge ego, entitledb. Felt the entitlement, but always failedc. Not a nice guyd. Greedy
Why did Mrs. Putnam ask for Tituba’s help? a. She can talk to the deadb. Mrs. Putnam’s babies died at a day old, thinks it Tituba’s fault
Why did Abigail drink blood? To kill Elizabeth Proctor
How does Abigail threaten the other girls? Threatens them to their death
Describe 4 aspects of John Proctor’s personality/character. a. On the outside, he’s powerful, strong personality, and even-temperedb. On the inside, he’s a fraud. c. A farmer in his thirtiesd. Prime in his life
What happens when John and Abigail are left alone? Abigail is trying to seduce John, but he isn’t falling for it.
What does Rebecca Nurse say about Betty and Ruth’s sickness? “Silly season” faze
Why is Reverend Parris dissatisfied with his job in Salem? Not paid enough
About what are Proctor and Putnam fighting? Property Dispute
Who is Reverend Hale, and why has he been called to Salem? “Expert in witchcraft”, figure out whats wrong with the girls.
What is Giles Corey’s complaint about his wife? He can’t pray when his wife reads books in the middle of the night and when she stops, he can.
A. Why does Tituba finally “confess”? People have threaten her with torture and being hanged, she had no choice.
B. What do you think of her actions? Smart and saving herself. Also, selfish and evil for killing innocent people.
Put in jail for a long time, but is still alive, and the authorities use her until she has no more information. C. What do you think will happen as a result of her “confession”?
Why do you think the girls begin their accusations when they could have just let Tituba take the blame for everything? Plays the game, get people the girls don’t like, don’t be blamed, afraid of Tituba, plays the victims, and they got power.
What does the girls’ behavior tell you about the youth of Salem, particularly the young women? Getting power, instead of nothing

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