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. Why is Mrs. Putnam suspicious of Sarah Good?

2. Why does Abigail slap Betty in Act 1?

3. What kind of expertise does Hale have?

4. Who asks Rebecca Nurse to treat his daughter?

5. Where are Abigail's parents?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who probably has the most rights to the firewood, John Proctor or Mr. Putnam?

2. Is Parris really living in poverty?

3. Rebecca suggests that they put their faith in "God and the doctor." Why is this an ironic statement?

4. To what extent is Betty really sick?

5. Why could Abigail be considered a mean character?

6. Why does Abigail dislike Elizabeth Proctor so much?

7. 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?

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

9. Rebecca Nurse makes a snide comment to Mrs. Putnam before she leaves Parris' home to go home. What is it and what is she implying?

10. In Act 1, when Abigail feels cornered by Hale, she shifts the blame. Who does she blame onto and for what?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Abigail may be considered an unlikable character. But some would argue that she acted badly due to a lack of love and guidance. To what extent do you agree or disagree? Is Abigail a true villain, or merely a victim of circumstance?

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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