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. How does John Proctor describe Parris' sermons?

2. When Parris and Abigail argue about her time at the Proctor house, she accuses Parris of something. What is it?

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

4. Who has heard that Hale has a "reputation for rationality" and tells him so?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. When Parris visits the prison, he appears tired and stressed out. Why?

2. Why is Danforth suspicious of Hale?

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

4. What is the reason for the epilogue?

5. In March 1712, what happened to those who were excommunicated from the church?

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

7. What did the government do twenty years after the trials?

8. Describe John Proctor.

9. What happened to Parris after the trials?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

One great thing about this play is that the characters are not simplistic. They are not all either good or evil, black or white. There are shades of gray. Students will choose their favorite character and compare his or her qualities, then decide whether he or she is mostly a "good guy" or mostly a villain. Then use specific examples to support each claim. Remind students: don't forget to address counter-arguments.

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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