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. 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

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.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

This play is centered around the blame game. When Abigail is afraid of trouble she blames Tituba. When Tituba feels threatened she blames Sarah Good. Witchcraft is a scapegoat for the death of Mrs. Putnam's children. Some claim that American's lack personal responsibility. To what extent is this an accurate statement about American society today? Use specific examples from the play and modern life to support all claims.

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