The Crucible

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Journal Topics for The Crucible
As you read the play over the next few days, choose any 3 of the following topics and respond to them in a google document or on paper. Each response must be at least 250 words. You must include references to the text and provide support for all of your claims. Please use your best writing- no grammatical/spelling/capitalization errors- divide ideas using paragraphs etc. Each journal entry is 20 pts. You may do one more extra credit. Again, we are working on providing detailed support for your claims. Be specific!

  1.  Based on what happens throughout Act I, write a brief character description of Abigail Williams.  What positive qualities does she seem to possess?  What negative qualities does she possess?  If she were a Westwood student, where might she "fit in" in terms of classes, activities, sports, etc.?  Or would she?  Explain.   2.  What types of persuasive techniques does Abigail use to win Proctor's affection in Act I?  What arguments does she present, and what emotional tactics does she employ? Does she build a persuasive argument, or do you find problems with it?  Explain.   3.  At the end of Act I, Tituba, Abigail, and others accuse some of their neighbors of afflicting them.  Give examples of individuals or groups today who accuse others of causing their problems.  How would you evaluate their accusations?   4.  Consider: how is the relationship between John and Elizabeth Proctor similar to an ice cream cone??   5.  Explain how Mary Warren's character changes over the course of the first two Acts. How was she portrayed at the beginning of the play?  How is she portrayed now?  To what do you attribute these changes?   6.  Puritan society pressured individuals to adhere to strict standards of conduct and belief.  To what extent do you think society expects you to conform today?  Is conformity always a bad thing?  Always a good thing?  Explain.   7.  Almost a century after the witch trials, delegates to the...
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