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 asks if Parris has gone through the "proper channels" to investigate witchcraft in Salem?

2. Who suggests that Parris deny the rumor of witchcraft?

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

4. John Proctor scolds Mary at the beginning of Act 1. What has she done that makes him angry?

5. Giles Corey asks Hale to explain his wife's behavior. What particular behavior is he concerned about?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Abigail threaten Betty and Tituba with death?

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

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

4. Why does Abigail dislike Elizabeth Proctor so much?

5. There is a disagreement about the kettle in the forest. Who disagrees and what about?

6. 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?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Several characters in the play, like Parris are extremely concerned about their reputation. To what extent are we all just victims of reputation? How do labels and the society around us affect our behavior and the way we see ourselves? Is this natural human focus on reputation a benefit or a disadvantage or both?

Essay Topic 2

Mary had a chance to make things right in court, but she crumbles under pressure. Why did she have a hard time fainting for the judge? How might she rationalize her behavior? Or did she really think she was bewitched by Abigail? Or, was she just too scared to stand up for the truth?

Essay Topic 3

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

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