The Crucible : Act Three Study Guide

Why do Giles and Francis want to talk to Danforth? They want to save their wives whom are being tried for witchcraft.
What is Parris’s argument against Proctor? Proctor is mischief, and is trying to overthrow court.
What does Mary tell Danforth? The girls have been lying and never saw any spirits.
When Danforth hears that Elizabeth is pregnant, what does he allow? She will be kept for another year until she delivers.
What paper did ninety-one people sign? A petition stating the wives ( Rebecca, Elizabeth, and Martha) are not witches and are instead good and God loving people.
“…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. You’re either a witch or you’re not, if you are to go against the court than you are contempt and it is best to simply not go against 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? Killing his neighbors for land ( when accused for witchcraft you’ll be hung and your land will be auctioned away) ; seeing as he is the only man with enough money to buy up all the land.
What is Hale’s problem as Proctor and his friends present evidence to Danforth? They have a very valid point out reasoning and the people who were accused and sentenced so far could actually be innocent.
Hawthorne thinks of a test for Mary. What is it? Can she do it? Why or Why not? To faint ; No ; she stated the only reason she did it in the courtroom is because of her frustration and mood with the other girls which caused her to faint so she can’t do it without the girls there.
Proctor calls Abigail a wh0re , 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 lied to protect John stating that she thought John was fond of her, but she says that John didn’t “cheat” on her, even though he did.
What do the girls do to Mary? What is her response? They pretend Mary’s spirit is coming for them ( bewitching) and she told them to stop and seeing as they didn’t she broke down and eventually joined them.
What happens to Proctor? He is arrested for both suspicious activities and the contempt of the court.
What does Hale do? He quits the court after denouncing his proceedings.

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