The Crucible Act 3

Why do Giles and Francis want to talk to Danforth? They want to persuade the judge that their wives are good women, not witches.
What is Parris’s argument against Proctor? That Proctor is trying to overthrow the court.
What does Mary tell Danforth? “It were pretense, sir.” The girls have been lying.
When Danforth hears that Elizabeth is pregnant, what does he allow? He allows her time to see if her “natural signs” appear. If they do not, and she is truly pregnant, he will allow her one year before she is hanged, to have her baby.
What paper did ninety-one people sign? 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. Either people were witches or they weren’t. There was no room for “appearances.” If one opposed the court, one would be in contempt. There was no room for error on the part of the court and no room for question or correction of the court.
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? He accuses him of killing his neighbors for their land.
What is Hale’s problem as Proctor and his friends present evidence to Danforth? That the people who had been accused and sentenced so far could very well have been innocent.
What test does Hathorne think of for Mary? Can she do it? Why or why not? He asks Mary to faint, as she fainted in the courtroom. No, she can’t do it in front of Hawthorne on demand. She says that she was able to in the courtroom because the mood was set and she got caught up in the mood with the other girls, which enabled her to do it there.
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 lies to protect John, saying she only thought he had “turned” from her.
What do the girls do to Mary? What is her response? They pretend that her spirit is coming to get them, that she is herself doing some bewitching. Mary tells them to stop it, but when they don’t, she ends up breaking down and joining them (for her own protection).
What happens to Proctor? He is jailed for his contempt of the court and his suspicious activities.
What does Hale do? He quits the court.
Hale denounces the proceedings of the court because he .. believes the testimony of Mary Warren and John Proctor.
Why do Giles and Frances want to see Danforth? They want to persuade the judge that their wives are good women.
What does Proctor end up confessing about himself? He had an affair with Abigail
Of what does Giles accuse Putnam? He accuses him of killing his neighbors for their land
Whose trial is going on at the beginning of Act 3 Martha Corey
Why did Danforth grant Elizabeth extra time? She said she was pregnant.
How does Mary Warren react under the pressure of the girls? She breaks down and points her finger at John Proctor saying he is with the devil.
Hathorne thinks of a test for Mary. What is it? He asks her to faint.
What is Hale’s problem as Proctor and his friends present evidence to Danforth? He begins to realize that the people who have been accused and sentenced so far could very well have been innocent.
What do the girls do to Mary? They pretend that her spirit is coming to get them.
What does Proctor find out about his wife from Danforth? She is pregnant
What is Parris’ argument against Proctor? Parris says that Proctor is trying to overthrow the court.
Elizabeth Proctor did not tell Danforth that Abigail was a harlot because she … wanted to save John’s reputation.
Which line best expresses the real truth behind the trials? “…. private vengeance is working through this testimony!”
What does Abigail do when confronted by Hathorne about the cries of witchcraft being lies? She acts offended that he would even question her, she tries to leave the room and pretends to see Marry Warren’s spirit in the form of a yellow bird.
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 will Elizabeth not be hanged if she is found guilty? Because she is pregnant
Who is in charge of the court? Danforth
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
Who is the protagonist? John Proctor
Who is the antagonist? Abigail Williams
In what Place does the Play take Place? Salem, Massachusetts
What is the Central Message? That intolerance and hysteria can intersect and tear a community apart.

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