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

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

3. Who is able to calm Betty after she screams?

4. How much money does Parris get each year to buy firewood?

5. What is Mary afraid will happen to her and her friends if they are found guilty of witchcraft?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Does Tituba come up with the idea of other townspeople talking to the devil?

5. Describe John Proctor.

6. Why does Abigail dislike Elizabeth Proctor so much?

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. To what extent is Betty really sick?

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Mary had a chance to make things right in court, but she crumbles under pressure. Why did she have a hard time fainting for the judge? How might she rationalize her behavior? Or did she really think she was bewitched by Abigail? Or, was she just too scared to stand up for the truth?

Essay Topic 2

In America, we speak highly of a separation of church and state. Was this separation made in these trials? Is this lack of separation still a problem in this country? Choose specific examples to support all claims.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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