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. John Proctor scolds Mary at the beginning of Act 1. What has she done that makes him angry?

2. What does Giles claim he was unable to do until his wife stopped reading and left the house?

3. Why does John Proctor threaten to whip Abigail?

4. What does Tituba know will happen to her if she doesn't "confess."

5. How many miles does John Proctor live from the church?

Short Essay Questions

1. Rebecca Nurse makes a snide comment to Mrs. Putnam before she leaves Parris' home to go home. What is it and what is she implying?

2. Why doesn't Hale believe John Proctor when he tells Hale that Abigail admitted they were just dancing and not practicing any witchcraft?

3. Why do John Proctor and Mr. Putnam not like one another?

4. What is the reason for the epilogue?

5. Why were some farms still left to rot for years and years?

6. When Parris visits the prison, he appears tired and stressed out. Why?

7. Why could Abigail be considered a mean character?

8. Why is John Proctor angry at Mary Warren?

9. Parris asks Hale to come to Salem to figure out why the Betty and Ruth are sick. Why does he call Hale and not another doctor?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the most important lesson to be learned from this play? Use specific examples to support all claims.

Essay Topic 2

Select one character and analyze how the theme of blame and guilt applies to that character.

Essay Topic 3

How is witchcraft viewed in modern society? Compare and contrast the witches in the Crucible to a modern "witch." The student can use characters from movies, fiction, non-fiction, and television shows in his/her answer.

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