The Crucible Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does John Proctor threaten to whip Abigail?

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

3. What does Abigail tell Parris that she and the girls where doing in the woods?

4. Hale asks if these two men's children are "stricken" as well. Their children are not ill. Who are they?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why could Abigail be considered a mean character?

2. Where is Betty's mother in Act 1?

3. Who probably has the most rights to the firewood, John Proctor or Mr. Putnam?

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

5. Describe John Proctor.

6. Is Parris really living in poverty?

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

8. According to whom would Betty's scream be evidence of witchcraft and why?

9. Why does Abigail dislike Elizabeth Proctor so much?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does a character's socio-economic status affect him or her in terms of accusation and execution for witchcraft? Choose two characters with different socio-economic status and compare and contrast their fate within the story. To what extent does this difference in treatment exist today?

Essay Topic 2

When there is power, there is often corruption. Yet there are different kinds of power. Choose from the following characters and show to what extent he or she had power and then to what extent he or she abused that power: Abigail, Mary Warren, Tituba, Parris, Danforth, Hale. Use specific examples to support all claims.

Essay Topic 3

Most of the victims accused of witchcraft in this play are women. Women are often associated with witchcraft more than men in movies and books as well. What are the political, social, or other reasons for this? To what extent is this a positive or a negative gender connection? Use specific examples to explain and support all claims.

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