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 is John Proctor's excuse for not attending church often?

2. What does Betty wake from her trance to do?

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

4. Why did Parris want the deed to his own house?

5. What does Abigail ultimately want from John Proctor?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Abigail dislike Elizabeth Proctor so much?

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

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

4. Why is Rebecca Nurse able to calm Betty?

5. Why might Mr. Putnam be suspicious of Sarah Good?

6. Why do John Proctor and Mr. Putnam not like one another?

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

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

10. Is Parris really living in poverty?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose one character from the play. To what extent does selfishness lead this character through the play? Does this self-focus serve as an advantage or a disadvantage to that character? How do the other characters view this selfish behavior? What is Miller trying to tell the reader by using the theme of selfishness with this character? Use specific examples to support all claims.

Essay Topic 2

When there is power, there is often corruption. Yet there are different kinds of power. Choose from the following characters and show to what extent he or she had power and then to what extent he or she abused that power: Abigail, Mary Warren, Tituba, Parris, Danforth, Hale. Use specific examples to support all claims.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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