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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 gets home from seeding the farm, he learns that Mary has been gone all day. Where was she?
2. The Proctors have a surprise visitor in Act 2. Who is it?
3. How many people are initially on trial for witchcraft?
4. Who is the first person in Act 3 to claim to have proof that the girls are lying?
5. When Mary returns from court, in Act 2 she complains about something. What is it?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why won't Danforth just pardon Rebecca Nurse?
2. Who is the only person that cares that John Proctor and Giles don't have lawyers? Why is he concerned?
3. Why is John Proctor angry at Mary Warren?
4. What commandment does John Proctor forget and why?
5. Hale is suspicious of John Proctor's religious commitment. Why?
6. Why does Elizabeth lie when asked about her husband's relationship with Abigail?
7. Giles thinks Mr. Putnam has other motives for suggesting witchcraft. What does Giles accuse Mr. Putnam of?
8. In nearby Andover, the courts were overthrown and now Parris wants Danforth to delay any more trials. What is he worried about?
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?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
This play is centered around the blame game. When Abigail is afraid of trouble she blames Tituba. When Tituba feels threatened she blames Sarah Good. Witchcraft is a scapegoat for the death of Mrs. Putnam's children. Some claim that American's lack personal responsibility. To what extent is this an accurate statement about American society today? Use specific examples from the play and modern life to support all claims.
Essay Topic 2
Some compare the witch hunts of Salem to the McCarthy trials in the '50s. Has this type of hysteria happened again since? Could it happen in the future? Provide specific examples and support for all claims.
Essay Topic 3
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?
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