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. Who orders John Proctor to be executed despite his confession?

2. Early in Act 3, John Proctor hands Danforth something in court. What is it?

3. Why is Hathorne suspicious of Hale?

4. John Proctor says there is only one thing keeping him from confessing. What is it?

5. What does Cheever accuse John Proctor of doing on the Sabbath?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Danforth suspicious of Hale?

2. Describe Tituba's state of mind at the opening of Act 4.

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

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

5. John Proctor brings a long list of witnesses to attest to the fact that his wife and others never associated with the devil. Why is this list not helpful?

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

7. Who is the only person that cares that John Proctor and Giles don't have lawyers? Why is he concerned?

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

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

10. What will happen to Elizabeth now that she might be pregnant?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Mary had a chance to make things right in court, but she crumbles under pressure. Why did she have a hard time fainting for the judge? How might she rationalize her behavior? Or did she really think she was bewitched by Abigail? Or, was she just too scared to stand up for the truth?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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