The Crucible Test | Final 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. John Proctor says people will admit to anything when this is the alternative. What is it?

2. What does Tituba say she and her "roommate" are doing in the room in Act 4?

3. If the accused character is found to be pregnant, how long will she be spared?

4. Who denounces the court at the end of Act 3?

5. What is Hale doing at the prison in Act 4?

Short Essay Questions

1. John Proctor will confess verbally, but won't sign the confession. Why?

2. In Act 2, what is Elizabeth Proctor accused of doing to Abigail?

3. Why is John Proctor angry at Mary Warren?

4. The town of Salem isn't doing well. What are some examples of how bad things have gotten since the trials?

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

6. Why doesn't Hale believe John Proctor when he tells Hale that Abigail admitted they were just dancing and not practicing any witchcraft?

7. What commandment does John Proctor forget and why?

8. What is Giles' wife accused of when she is arrested for witchcraft?

9. Giles thinks Mr. Putnam has other motives for suggesting witchcraft. What does Giles accuse Mr. Putnam of?

10. Toward the end of Act 3, John Proctor finally attacks Abigail physically in court. What sends him over the edge?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The student will select a character that he/she feels behaves hypocritically. Is that character ultimately altruistic or selfish in motivation? Explain and support the answer with specific examples.

Essay Topic 2

Feelings of guilt affect Proctor and the story tremendously. Which other characters are driven to act or not act according to feelings of guilt? To what extent is guilt more powerful than blame?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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