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

2. Giles Corey feels Parris is too concerned with wealth. What does he offer as an example?

3. What does Abigail claim John Proctor freed her from?

4. Where did Hale find a witch the year before the current action in the play?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why were some farms still left to rot for years and years?

3. Why won't Danforth just pardon Rebecca Nurse?

4. Why doesn't John Proctor want to go to the trials and show that Abigail is lying?

5. What happened to Parris after the trials?

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

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

8. Why does Elizabeth lie when asked about her husband's relationship with Abigail?

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

10. Danforth asks Mary to do something to prove that she was faking with the other girls. What is it and does she do it?

Essay 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

Abigail was a servant and Tituba a slave. Yet, by the end of the play both young women wield a great deal of power. Consider other events in American history when formerly repressed groups quickly take on power. What are the similarities/difference? How is power gained and lost so easily? To what extent does guilt and blame play a role?

Essay Topic 3

What is the most important lesson to be learned from this play? Use specific examples to support all claims.

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