Short Essay Questions Key
1. Describe Christianity in Salem.
Christianity in Salem, Massachusetts, was stern and rigid. There was no flexibility. Religion in Salem was strictly Puritanical, and there was no room for what the townspeople perceived as Satanism and dealing with the devil. Anything that was not conventional was impure and not worthy of existing in their world.
2. What identities does Tituba try to retain?
Tituba has three identities that Angela Davis points out Tituba must work at retaining. She must retain her racial identity since she is a black woman in a time where black women were slaves. She must retain her spiritual identity since she is not Christian. She must also retain her gender identity, as women in this time period have very few rights.
3. Describe the primary thematic concern in the text.
The primary thematic concern in the text is discrimination. Tituba has a case for discrimination based on her three different identities of gender, religion, and race. Tituba is on trial for reasons rooted in discrimination. The people of Salem were executing all of those they felt did not meet their standard of purity.
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