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

3. Why doesn't Parris want to consider Witchcraft as an explanation for Betty's illness?

4. Hale is embarrassed by a compliment on his rationality. Which character gives him the compliment?

5. Mr. Putnam and John Proctor argue over the firewood. Who does it most likely belong to?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the reason for the epilogue?

2. What is Giles' wife accused of when she is arrested for witchcraft?

3. When Parris visits the prison, he appears tired and stressed out. Why?

4. John Proctor will confess verbally, but won't sign the confession. Why?

5. What is rumored to have happened to Abigail since she ran away?

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

7. To what extent is Betty really sick?

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

9. In March 1712, what happened to those who were excommunicated from the church?

10. Where is Betty's mother in Act 1?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

In America, we speak highly of a separation of church and state. Was this separation made in these trials? Is this lack of separation still a problem in this country? Choose specific examples to support all claims.

Essay Topic 3

Abigail was a servant and Tituba a slave. Yet, by the end of the play both young women wield a great deal of power. Consider other events in American history when formerly repressed groups quickly take on power. What are the similarities/difference? How is power gained and lost so easily? To what extent does guilt and blame play a role?

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