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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

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

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

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.

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