The Crucible (Act 3) Study Guide

As this act opens, what accusation does Giles Corey make? “Thomas Putnam is reaching out for land!” (p.78)
What news do we learn about Rebecca Nurse? She has been convicted and sentenced to hang.
What three pieces of evidence are brought out against Proctor in regard to his Christian nature? 1. He only comes to Church once a month2. He plows on Sunday
What news does Danforth tell John Proctor about Elizabeth? What deal does he try to make with him? He tells John Elizabeth is pregnant; she will be kept 1 month to show signs of pregnancy; she will be kept 1 year if she is pregnant.
What is going to happen to the 91 people who signed the testament stating a good opinion of Elizabeth, Martha Corey, and Rebecca Nurse? They are to be summoned to court for questioning
What happens to Giles Corey? He is arrested for contempt of court. He then rushes toward Thomas Putnam and threatens to kill him. He’s arrested but will not put in a plea.
What is Reverend Hale’s advice to John Proctor as he is about to read the deposition before the court? Since Proctor is just a farmer, he should not read it until he is represented by a lawyer.
When Mary Warren says that she pretended to faint in court, what is she asked to do? What is the result? Mary is asked to faint, but she cannot; therefore, suspicion now falls on Mary.
What does Abigail do when suspicion that she might be pretending falls on her? She starts acting again to convict Mary Warren.
What does John Proctor do to discredit Abigail? He mentions the adultery
Who is called to back up John’s testimony? What happens? Elizabeth, but she fails to tell the truth of the adultery.
What happens when Reverend Hale states that Abigail has always seemed false to him? She screams in a wild terror indicating that there is a bird in the rafters.
What is Mary Warren’s reaction to Abigail’s performance? She is upset but then confesses that it was John Proctor who made her do it. Thus, Mary joins Abby again.
What does Hale do when Proctor is arrested? Quits the court.

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