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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. At the end of Act 1, what does Mr. Putnam threaten to do?

2. Who believes Ruth's condition is the work of Satan?

3. Why does John Proctor threaten to whip Abigail?

4. What year is this play set in?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why could Abigail be considered a mean character?

2. Is Parris really living in poverty?

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

4. To what extent is Betty really sick?

5. Mercy Lewis tells Parris that she thinks that Ruth is feeling better near the end of Act 1. What gives her the idea that she is on the mend?

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

7. Why might John Proctor not attend Parris' sermons?

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

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

10. Giles tells Hale that John Proctor doesn't believe in witches. What is John Proctor's response?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Act 4, Elizabeth wants Proctor to have a chance to forgive himself. She has already forgiven him. What other characters could benefit from acts of forgiveness? How might it have changed the way things turned out? Could forgiveness change our modern world? In what ways?

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

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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