The Crucible Comprehension Questions

In Barbados Where did Tituba learn about the practices that the Puritans call witchcraft?
He is concerned about his reputation as minister in the Salem village. He has worked hard to gain the villagers respect, but in vain. Other than the fact that witchcraft could be taking place in his own home, what is Reverend Parris concerned about when the witch paranoia begins?
Reverend Hale of Beverly Who does Parris request come to Salem to determine whether or not the girls are involved with witchcraft?
She has had 8 healthy children, 7 of which have died in her arms shortly after childbirth, unbaptized. And now, her Ruth is sick. Reverend Parris is attempting to convince both himself and others that they should not assume witchcraft; however, Mrs. Ann Putnam offers her own story as reasoning as to why witchcraft should be looked to. Explain her story.
Because Tituba can conjure the dead, and Goody Putnam wants to find out who murdered her 7 children. Why does Goody Putnam send her daughter, Ruth, to Tituba before Ruth falls ill?
Mary Warren Which of the girls wishes to admit what happened in the forest?
To kill Goody Proctor (Elizabeth Proctor) Why did Abigail drink a charm in the forest?
Elizabeth, his wife Proctor gets angry with Abigail when she mentions whose name?
His wife, Martha, reads “strange” books at night. She will not tell him what the books are. He cannot pray when she is reading the books. When she closes the books and leaves the house, he is able to pray. To what does Giles contribute his inability to pray at times? When is he finally able to pray?
Threats of hanging and whipping Tituba confesses to working with the Devil when what threats are imposed upon her?
That Abigail told John it had naught to do with witchcraft (it had nothing to do with witchcraft) What does Elizabeth tell John he must tell the court?
A poppet she made her while she was in court What does Mary Warren bring home for Goody Proctor?
Sarah Good would mumble under her breath when Mary Warren refused to give her bread. Goody Good claimed it was just her reciting her commandments, but when asked to recite her commandments in front of the court, she could not. Mary Warren claims that Sarah Good attempted to kill Mary numerous times. What is the “hard proof” that Mary provides?
Mary Warren says this. She told the court that she never saw any sign that Goody Proctor sent her spirit out to anyone. Who says, “I saved her life today!”? How did this person save Elizabeth Proctor’s life?
To break whatever promise he made in bed with Abigail Williams. What does Elizabeth ask John to do that upsets him?
1. John Proctor is rarely in church on Sabbath Day. 2. Only 2 out of his 3 children are baptized. What are the two reasons that Hale gives for the possibility of witchcraft in the Proctor house?
The commandment referencing the sin of adultery (voluntary sexual intercourse between a married person and a person who is not his or her spouse). This is ironic because John just recently got caught committing adultery with Abigail Williams by his wife, Elizabeth. Which commandment did John Proctor forget? Why is this ironic?
For the murder of Goody Putnam’s babies. Why is Rebecca Nurse charged?
That she sent her spirit out to stick a needle in her side. What did Abigail Williams claim against Elizabeth Proctor, hence her being charged?
1. He plows on Sundays. 2. He doesn’t go to church often. 3. He ripped the warrant. After John Proctor, Giles Corey, and Francis Nurse go to the court and provide evidence to Danforth that their wives are innocent, some evidence is provided against John Proctor. What are these three pieces of evidence?
His wife, Elizabeth, is pregnant and will stay alive for another year if this is true. Danforth gives John Proctor some news about his wife. What is this news?
The people who signed it are offering their good opinion of Rebecca Nurse, Martha Corey, and Elizabeth Proctor. Explain the deposition that John Proctor offers to Danforth.
Danforth says this to Francis Nurse because Francis Nurse told the 91 people who signed the deposition that they wouldn’t be harmed for signing, but that they were just offering their good opinion of the women who were accused. Who says, “But you must understand, sir, that a person is either with this court or he must be counted against it, there is no road between”? To whom? Why?
That he prompted his daughter to cry witchcraft against George Jacobs so that Putnam could take his land after it is sold in auction. “This man is killing neighbors for their land!” What is Giles Corey’s accusation against Mr. Thomas Putnam?
For not offering the name of the person who heard Mr. Putnam prompt his daughter to cry witchcraft against George Jacobs. Why is Giles Corey arrested?
Faint Danforth begins to question Mary Warren’s deposition when she cannot do what? (She did this many times in court, but now cannot seem to do it)
Abigail Williams. As a response to Danforth questioning her that she could just be seeing illusions. Who says, “I have been hurt, Mr. Danforth; I have seen my blood runnin’ out! I have been near to murdered every day because I done my duty pointing out the Devil’s people–and this is my reward? To be mistrusted, denied, questioned like a–” What does this person say this as a response to?
Mary Warren, because she has turned against them and is telling the truth. Suddenly, Abigail Williams, Susanna Walcott, and Mercy Lewis claim that someone is sending their spirit to them. Who is it? Why are they claiming this now?
That Abigail is only making these claims and accusations as vengeance against Elizabeth Proctor. John Proctor admits to lechery (excessive or offensive sexual desire) with Abigail. What does he admit this to prove?
Elizabeth lies about John’s lechery. Proctor says about his wife: “In her life, sir, she have never lied. There are them that cannot sing, and them that cannot weep–my wife cannot lie.” How does this prove to be ironic?
A yellow bird Abigail and the other girls claim that Mary Warren comes to them as what animal?
The he is the Devil’s man and comes to her at night to sign the Devil’s book. That he will murder her if his wife hangs and they must go and overthrow the court. Finally, what accusation does Mary Warren make against John Proctor?
The Devil When Sarah Good and Tituba are speaking to Herrick in the jail, who do they call “Majesty?”
To pray with those in jail and convince them to confess to witchcraft. What do Reverend Hale and Parris go to the jail to do?
They robbed Reverend Parris and vanished–he thinks aboard a ship. What has happened to Abigail Williams and Mercy Lewis?
A riot What does Parris believe is going to happen in Salem that has just happened in Andover?
Because when he opened his door, a dagger clattered down. There is danger for Mr. Parris now. What causes Reverend Parris to tell Danforth he cannot hang people like Rebecca Nurse and John Proctor?
To see his wife that he has not seen in 3 months. What does Danforth think will help soften John Proctor towards a confession?
Reverend HaleBecause he is the one who first found evidence against Mr. Proctor, but later learned that he is a good man and that the trials are a pretense. Who says the following quote to Goody Proctor?: “You know, do you not, that I have no connection with the court? I come on my own, Goody Proctor. I would save your husband’s life, for if he is taken I count myself his murderer. Do you understand me?” Why does the speaker call himself/herself the murderer of John Proctor?
So that his land is not sold in auction (because if you are hanged for witchcraft, your house is taken and sold in auction). His land is now given to his sons. More weight. Giles Corey is pressed to death with stones for staying mute when they asked him to answer aye or nay to his indictment. Why does he not respond? What two words does he respond with?
John Proctor. This is the turning point. They are convicting him of signing the Devil’s book and signing his soul away to the Devil when truly, he is signing his soul away to a true lie. Who says the following quote?: “Because it is my name! Because I cannot have another in my life! Because I lie and sign myself to lies! Because I am not worth the dust on the feet of them that hang! How may I live without my name? I have given you my soul; leave me my name!” Explain its importance.
Goody Proctor. John Proctor feels that this is a righteous action. No matter how much Goody Proctor wants her husband to live, she cannot take this sense of goodness away from him. Who says the following quote?: “He have his goodness now. God forbid I take it from him.” Explain its importance.

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