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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. How does John Proctor describe Parris' sermons?

2. When Parris and Abigail argue about her time at the Proctor house, she accuses Parris of something. What is it?

3. Why doesn't Parris want to consider Witchcraft as an explanation for Betty's illness?

4. Who has heard that Hale has a "reputation for rationality" and tells him so?

5. What does Betty wake from her trance to do?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is Danforth suspicious of Hale?

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

4. What is the reason for the epilogue?

5. In March 1712, what happened to those who were excommunicated from the church?

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

7. What did the government do twenty years after the trials?

8. Describe John Proctor.

9. What happened to Parris after the trials?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Feelings of guilt affect Proctor and the story tremendously. Which other characters are driven to act or not act according to feelings of guilt? To what extent is guilt more powerful than blame?

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

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?

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