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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What was Tituba doing while the other girls where dancing in the forest?
(a) Chopping firewood.
(b) Drinking blood.
(c) Dancing with them.
(d) Waving her hands over the fire.

2. Who complains that he/she is living in "poverty"?
(a) Hale.
(b) Rebecca Nurse.
(c) Parris.
(d) Abigail.

3. Who believes Ruth's condition is the work of Satan?
(a) Hale.
(b) Elizabeth Proctor.
(c) Mr. and Mrs. Putnam.
(d) John Proctor.

4. When Parris and Abigail argue about her time at the Proctor house, she accuses Parris of something. What is it?
(a) She accuses him of trying to kill her.
(b) She accuses him of not wanting to support her.
(c) She accuses him of being mean to her.
(d) She accuses him of hitting her.

5. What does Susana claim Dr. Griggs thinks might be the cause of Betty's illness?
(a) Supernatural causes.
(b) Ghosts.
(c) Influenza.
(d) Hysteria.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Abigail threaten to do to the girls if they admit to more than dancing?

2. When Mrs. Putnam tells Hale about her dead children, what does Hale do?

3. Toward the end of Act 1, Betty wakes from her trance-like state and calls out for someone. Who is it?

4. What does John Proctor threaten to do to Mary if she doesn't go back to work?

5. When John Proctor reminds Mr. Putnam that "votes are not granted by the acre." What is he implying?

Short Essay Questions

1. To what extent is Betty really sick?

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

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

4. Rebecca suggests that they put their faith in "God and the doctor." Why is this an ironic statement?

5. Why might John Proctor not attend Parris' sermons?

6. Mercy Lewis tells Parris that she thinks that Ruth is feeling better near the end of Act 1. What gives her the idea that she is on the mend?

7. Why was Abigail really fired from being a servant to the Proctors?

8. When Reverend Hale first arrives, he enters Parris' home carrying something. What is he carrying and why would the author choose this object for this character?

9. Why might Mr. Putnam be suspicious of Sarah Good?

10. Is Parris really living in poverty?

(see the answer keys)

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