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. What might the community do if Rebecca Nurse and John Proctor are killed?

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

3. What is Martha Corey accused of?

4. What surprising thing is learned about Elizabeth Proctor in Act 3?

5. Who is surprised that the people of Salem haven't overthrown the courts already?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

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

6. What commandment does John Proctor forget and why?

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

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

9. Why is John Proctor angry at Mary Warren?

10. In nearby Andover, the courts were overthrown and now Parris wants Danforth to delay any more trials. What is he worried about?

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

Proctor is willing to confess verbally but not on paper. Why? What is it about the act of signing a confession that bothers him so much? Do the student agree or disagree with his logic?

Essay Topic 3

How is witchcraft viewed in modern society? Compare and contrast the witches in the Crucible to a modern "witch." The student can use characters from movies, fiction, non-fiction, and television shows in his/her answer.

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