The Crucible – Act Two

Where does Elizabeth want John to go, and what does she want him to do there? To go to Salem and tell the authorities the girls were not telling the truth.
What is John’s response to her prodding? Reluctant to go and understands that he probably should go, but he does not want to get personally involved with the activity.
What gift did Mary give Elizabeth? A “poppet” (doll) she had made while sitting in court.
What was the “evidence” against Sarah Good? She confessed to witchcraft. The girls said she nearly choked them to death (and they acted so) in court. She mumbled when after begging for cider and bread, she had been turned away. She could not recite the commandments in court.
Why doesn’t Proctor want Mary to go back to court? If she goes back, that makes him further involved. Also, he believes that the accusations are false and the girls are frauds. It isn’t a just court in Proctor’s eyes.
Why doesn’t Elizabeth think Abigail wants to kill her? Elizabeth knows of John’s affair with Abby. She believes that Abby wants to take her place as John’s wife.
Why did Hale come to Proctor’s house Hale came out to question all accused persons for himself, so that he would have some knowledge of the people before they appeared in court or jail. He came to Proctor’s house to see if either of them had seen anything suspicious which would relate to witchcraft.
What things are “suspicious” about Proctor and his family? Proctor does not go to church regularly. His youngest son has not been baptized. He does not have total faith in Parris, the minister. It takes both Parris and Elizabeth to remember all of the commandment. (He significantly forgot adultery.)
Hale asks Elizabeth if she believes in witches. What is her reply? If she is accused of being a witch, she cannot believe in witches. However, if the Bible says that witches exist, she cannot dispute the Bible.
On what charges(s) was Rebecca Nurse arrested? The “marvelous and supernatural murder of Goody Putnam’s babies.”
Why does Cheever come to the Proctor house? He comes to arrest Elizabeth.
What is the significance of the needle in the “poppet”? Abigail had accused Elizabeth of sticking a needle in Abby’s stomach through the use of a “poppet” (doll). Cheever asked to see the doll that was in Elizabeth’s house (the one that Mary gave her). When he looked under the dress, there was a needle stuck in the abdomen of the doll. On the basis of this evidence, Cheever determined that witchcraft was possible and did in fact, take Elizabeth to prison.
What will happen to Proctor if he tries to discredit Abby? She will tell that they had an affair and she will discredit his name by calling him a lecher.
Why doesn’t Mary want to testify about the doll? Because she is afraid of Abigail who will “get her” if she goes against her.

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