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. Elizabeth asks that no one mention this word to her children. What is it?

2. What does John Proctor refuse to do for Danforth?

3. The Proctors have a surprise visitor in Act 2. Who is it?

4. Why doesn't Elizabeth admit that she fired Abigail for having an affair with her husband?

5. In Act 4, Elizabeth tells John that a number of people have already confessed. How many?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What do we learn about Abigail in Act 4?

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

5. Why is John Proctor angry at Mary Warren?

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

7. 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?

8. Hale is suspicious of John Proctor's religious commitment. Why?

9. Elizabeth is worried that Abigail will do something and she turns out to be right. What is it?

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

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

Choose one character from the play. To what extent does selfishness lead this character through the play? Does this self-focus serve as an advantage or a disadvantage to that character? How do the other characters view this selfish behavior? What is Miller trying to tell the reader by using the theme of selfishness with this character? Use specific examples to support all claims.

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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