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 kind of expertise does Hale have?

2. What does Susana claim Dr. Griggs thinks might be the cause of Betty's illness?

3. What convinces Hale that the supernatural is involved, and the girls weren't just dancing?

4. What two things does Tituba say the devil claimed he would give her if she did what he asked?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. 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?

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

9. Why could Abigail be considered a mean character?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Most of the victims accused of witchcraft in this play are women. Women are often associated with witchcraft more than men in movies and books as well. What are the political, social, or other reasons for this? To what extent is this a positive or a negative gender connection? Use specific examples to explain and support all claims.

Essay Topic 2

How is witchcraft viewed in modern society? Compare and contrast the witches in the Crucible to a modern "witch." The student can use characters from movies, fiction, non-fiction, and television shows in his/her answer.

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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