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. Who complains that he/she is living in "poverty"?

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

3. Who suggests that everyone put their faith in God and the doctor?

4. When the girls list the other names of people they've seen with the devil, what does Hale do?

5. What was Tituba doing while the other girls where dancing in the forest?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why could Abigail be considered a mean character?

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

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

4. When Reverend Hale first arrives, he enters Parris' home carrying something. What is he carrying and why would the author choose this object for this character?

5. To what extent is Betty really sick?

6. Mercy Lewis tells Parris that she thinks that Ruth is feeling better near the end of Act 1. What gives her the idea that she is on the mend?

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

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

9. Why does Abigail dislike Elizabeth Proctor so much?

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

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

How does a character's socio-economic status affect him or her in terms of accusation and execution for witchcraft? Choose two characters with different socio-economic status and compare and contrast their fate within the story. To what extent does this difference in treatment exist today?

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