The Crucible Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Why could Abigail be considered a mean character?

Abigail could be considered a mean character because she seems to be a trouble maker and has been involved in the events in the forest which made Parris' daughter sick.

2. Is Parris's main concern only for his daughter's health?

Parris is concerned about his daughter's health, but he is also concerned (perhaps more so) about his reputation in Salem.

3. Were Betty and Abigail really just dancing in the forest?

Betty and Abigail were doing more than dancing in the forest. Mrs. Putnam put Betty and Abigail up to trying to contact the dead. Abigail even drank a charm to try to kill Elizabeth Proctor.

4. Why did Mrs. Putnam ask Ruth and Tituba to go into the forest?

Mrs. Putnam asked Ruth and Tituba to participate in witchcraft as a way to discover why her children keep dying in childbirth.

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