The Crucible – Acts I & II

As the play begins, why was Reverend Parris sent for a doctor? His daughter Betty is “sick” as if in a coma
What advice does the doctor send back to Parris about Betty? That he can find no medical reason for her illness and suggests he look for an un natural reason
What is Parris’ main concern? His reputation
What/who did Parris see in the woods? He saw Abigail, Betty, and some other girls dancing in the woods
What has Elizabeth Proctor said about Abigail? Elizabeth knows about the affair between Abigail and John so she fired Abigail from her service and spread rumors about the affair
Why does Abigail say she was dismissed from the Proctors? Because she refused to be treated like a slave
What rumors have circulated about Betty Parris? Villagers say they saw her flying over a barn
What proof later “proves” that she is a witch? She cannot hear the lord’s name
Why did Mrs. Putnam contact Tituba? She lost 7 children in childbirth and wants to know who is “killing” her babies
Who does Abigail accuse of conjuring spirits? Tituba
What does Betty Parris reveal about what happened in the woods? That Abigail drank blood as a charm to kill Elizabeth
What threat does Abigail make to the other girls? She threatens to hurt them physically if they tell
What happened in the past between John Proctor and Abigail? How do they feel about it now? They had an affair when Abigail worked for them; John has put a stop to it, but Abigail still pursues it
How does John Proctor feel about Reverend Parris? He does not like him because he says his sermons hardly mention God anymore and he is obsessed with his reputation and material things
What is the dispute between John Proctor and Thomas Putnam? They are fighting about land and boundaries
Why is Reverend Hale in Salem? He has been called by Parris to stop the rumors of witchcraft
What does Giles Corey Reveal to Reverend Hale? He is worried because his wife reads strange books at night and he suspects witchcraft
When Abigail is questioned by Reverend Hale, who does she blame? What proof does she offer? She blames Tituba. For proof, she claims that Tituba has caused her to laugh during prayer (Parris confirms this)
What ultimatum is given to Tituba? Confess to witchcraft, bless the lord, and name others who are witches with her or she will be hanged
Who does Tituba accuse of being a witch? Sarah Good and Sarah Osburn
Why does Abigail start accusing people? When Tituba saves herself by “cofessing”, Abigail does the same
Why does Betty Parris start accusing people? She follows Tituba’s and Abigail’s example
At the beginning of this act, John Proctor says, “It is winter in here yet.: Why is thispertinent to what is going on? John and Elizabeth’s relationship is still strained from his affair with Abigail so Elizabeth’s attitude towards John is “frosty” and “cold”
Why has Mary Warren disobeyed her employers and gone to Salem? She has been named an official of the court. This makes her feel more important than a servant
3. What did Abigail Williams reveal to John Proctor? Elizabeth reminds him of this. That the girls were just playing around in the woods and there was no witchcraft involved
Why hasn’t John Proctor told the court what he knows? What does Elizabeth attribute his not telling? John worries how he would prove what Abigail said (since they were alone). Also, he is aware of the power she has gained
What lie did John Proctor tell to Elizabeth which makes her more suspicious of him? He didn’t tell Elizabeth that he was alone with Abigail when they talked
What news does Mary Warren reveal to John and Elizabeth about the trials? Goody Osburn will hang and Goody Good confessed
How does Mary Warren behave towards her employers? She embraces her new authority and demands respect
What does Mary Warren mean when she says, “I saved her life today!”? Abigail accused Elizabeth of witchcraft but Mary said she has never seen any, therefore the court dismissed it
What does Elizabeth realize when she finds out that she has been accused? That Abigail wants her dead so she can have John
What does Elizabeth ask John to do? She wants John to go to Salem and tell the court what Abigail had said to him about the incident in the woods
Why does Reverend Hale visit the Proctors? He is investigating the rumors heard in the court
How does John Proctor respond to questions about why he has not been to church? He says his wife has been sick and he does not agree with Parris
What does Reverend Hale ask Proctor to do? Recite the 10 commandments
Discuss the meaning of Elizabeth saying “Adultery, John.” While reciting the commandments, he leaves out the one about adultry
What information does John Proctor reveal to Reverend Hale? Parris discovered them in the woods and. They were startled and took sick
What does Reverend Hale want John to do with this information? He wants him to testify in court
Why does Elizabeth say she doesn’t believe in witches at this point? This would be like them saying they don’t believe in part of their religion. She has been accused of being one and she isn’t one so she doesn’t believe in them
What news does Giles Corey reveal to the Proctors and Reverend Hale? That his wife, Martha, and Rebecca Nurse have been taken to jail
What has Rebecca Nurse been accused of? The murder of Goody Putnam’s babies
Why has Martha Corey been accused? Her neighbor claims she bewitched his pigs
Why do Ezekial Cheever and Marshal arrive at the Proctor home? They have a warrant to arrest Elizabeth
Explain why Cheever is both astonished and afraid when he finds the “poppet” with theneedle in it. Because earlier Abigail pulled a needle out of her stomach
What does John ask Mary Warren to do? He wants her to tell the court that she made the poppet and not Elizabeth
Why is Mary so afraid to do as he asks? She says Abigail will kill her
Why does Mary warn John about testifying against Abigail? She says that Abigail will ruin him
What does John decide to do? He decides that him and Mary will both testify in court against Abigail
Minister of salem; paranoid; worried about his reputation Parris
Had an affair with John Proctor; she drank a cahrm to kill Elizabeth Proctor; Niece of Parris; orphan Abigail
Parris’ daughter; pretending to be ill (why?) Betty Parris; because she does not want to get in trouble
Mean girl; the one who was naked in the forest; Abigail’s helper Mercy Lewis
Works for John and Elizabeth Proctor as a maid; sewed the poppet; always wants tot tell the truth Mary Warren
All the Putnam children died except for her; her mom sent her off to find out who killed the other children Ruth Putnam
Parris’ slave from Barbados; the first accused of with craft Tituba
Respected man; had and affair with Abigail; he fights with Elizabeth, Abigail, and Parris John Proctor
John Proctor’s wife; suspicious of the affair; sick; says she doe snot believe in witchcraft; accused by Abigail Elizabeth Proctor
Vindictive landowner who is always trying to save his family name Thomas
Had all the babies that died; jealous of Rebecca Nurse because she has so many babies Ann Putnam
The voice of reason; warns people not go looking for things that aren’t there Rebecca Nurse

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