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

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

3. Where are Abigail's parents?

4. What year is this play set in?

5. Toward the end of Act 1, Betty wakes from her trance-like state and calls out for someone. Who is it?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

8. 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?

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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.

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