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. Who is the Putnams' servant?

2. When Mrs. Putnam tells Hale about her dead children, what does Hale do?

3. Where did Parris live before he moved to Salem?

4. When John Proctor insults Parris in Act 1, who asks him to take it back?

5. Where did Hale find a witch the year before the current action in the play?

Short Essay Questions

1. Were Betty and Abigail really just dancing in the forest?

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

5. Why does Abigail threaten Betty and Tituba with death?

6. Why could Abigail be considered a mean character?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One great thing about this play is that the characters are not simplistic. They are not all either good or evil, black or white. There are shades of gray. Students will choose their favorite character and compare his or her qualities, then decide whether he or she is mostly a "good guy" or mostly a villain. Then use specific examples to support each claim. Remind students: don't forget to address counter-arguments.

Essay Topic 2

A martyr is someone willing to undergo intense suffering on principle. What character/s in this play might be considered martyrs? Use specific examples to support all claims.

Essay Topic 3

Choose one character from the play. To what extent does selfishness lead this character through the play? Does this self-focus serve as an advantage or a disadvantage to that character? How do the other characters view this selfish behavior? What is Miller trying to tell the reader by using the theme of selfishness with this character? Use specific examples to support all claims.

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