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

2. At the beginning of Act 2, Elizabeth is upset with her husband. Why?

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

4. Why does Elizabeth blame herself for John's infidelity?

5. What were Giles Corey's final words?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is John Proctor arrested at the end of Act 3?

3. Why is John Proctor angry at Mary Warren?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

In Act 4, Elizabeth wants Proctor to have a chance to forgive himself. She has already forgiven him. What other characters could benefit from acts of forgiveness? How might it have changed the way things turned out? Could forgiveness change our modern world? In what ways?

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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