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. What convinces Hale that the supernatural is involved, and the girls weren't just dancing?

2. What does Abigail say is wrong with Betty, when explaining her own actions to Parris?

3. What does Mrs. Putnam claim is evidence that Betty has been involved in Witchcraft?

4. Why does Abigail slap Betty in Act 1?

5. Which character announces he/she doesn't believe in witches?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe John Proctor.

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

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

4. Is Parris really living in poverty?

5. Giles tells Hale that John Proctor doesn't believe in witches. What is John Proctor's response?

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

7. 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?

8. 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?

9. Abigail and Parris are both concerned about their "reputation" in Salem. Why?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Proctor is willing to confess verbally but not on paper. Why? What is it about the act of signing a confession that bothers him so much? Do the student agree or disagree with his logic?

Essay Topic 2

Abigail was a servant and Tituba a slave. Yet, by the end of the play both young women wield a great deal of power. Consider other events in American history when formerly repressed groups quickly take on power. What are the similarities/difference? How is power gained and lost so easily? To what extent does guilt and blame play a role?

Essay Topic 3

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

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