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. What does Rebecca Nurse say say is afflicting Ruth and Betty?

2. What was lying on the ground in the forest?

3. Who claims Tituba has knowledge of conjuration?

4. When John Proctor reminds Mr. Putnam that "votes are not granted by the acre." What is he implying?

5. Why does Abigail claim she was fired from serving the Proctor household?

Short Essay Questions

1. Giles asks Hale about his wife's behavior. What is he concerned about?

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

3. Why was Abigail really fired from being a servant to the Proctors?

4. Is Parris really living in poverty?

5. To what extent is Betty really sick?

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

7. Is Parris's main concern only for his daughter's health?

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

9. 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?

10. Why does Abigail dislike Elizabeth Proctor so much?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Proctor is willing to confess verbally but not on paper. Why? What is it about the act of signing a confession that bothers him so much? Do the student agree or disagree with his logic?

Essay Topic 3

Select one character and analyze how the theme of blame and guilt applies to that character.

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