The Crucible: Act One
1. Where and when is the opening scene of the play set?
* The opening scene was held in the Salem in the Spring of year 1692 2. Why has Parris sent for Reverend Hale from Beverly?
* Parris sent for Reverend Hale to see what is going on with his sick daughter, Betty. 3. What do we learn about the events in the forest and Abigail Williams’ connections with the Proctor family? * Abigail is in love with John Proctor and drank some charm to rid of Goody Proctor. They were dancing for the Devil and asked Tituba to conjure spirits. 4. What does Ann Putnam claim in the play about her dead infant children? * Ann Putnam claims that the Devil killed her children. 5. Before the arrival of John Hale, what are some of the subjects for petty disagreement among the character? * Before John Hale came, they had a debate on whether it was witchcraft or not. 6. According to the stage directions, how does John Hale enter for the first time? * John Hale comes in with dozens of books, feelings intellectual and very much needed by the people of Salem. 7. What happened when John Hale interrogates Tituba? How does the scene’s atmosphere become hysterical? * When John Hale interrogated Tituba, it created a tense atmosphere which caused Tituba to panic and finally tell the truth; Tituba was horrified then felt remorse afterwards. 8. Miller colors the play with dialect, or specific regional speech. Pick out some examples of dialect in this act. * Tituba showed more of the dialect in this act such as, “…I give she chicken blood.” And “…I do believe somebody else be witchin’ these children.” 9. One of Miller’s major subjects in the play is the nature of authority. How are each of the following characters linked with the idea of authority in Act One? * Samuel Parris believes that since he is their Revered, he has authority such as owning the meeting house and getting a large supply of logs. * Thomas Putnam, being the eldest son of the richest man in Salem and having to fight with the Indians, placed himself as intellectually superior. * Rebecca Nurse is rich with 300 acres of land and has a husband who everyone calls to settle a dispute; she has helped in so many charities and is believed to be “morally” superior. 10. How would you describe the atmosphere or mood at the end of this act? What might this atmosphere foreshadow about future events in the town of Salem? * The atmosphere at the end was rather happy with everyone rejoicing. Although with all the confessions being made, trouble might come to Salem and they would be terrified now that know witchcraft has been occurring and that they know who the people behind it are.
The Crucible: Act Two
1. What duty has Mary Warren been performing in Salem?
* Mary is an official in the court.
2. What does Elizabeth Proctor report to her husband about the trials in Salem? What does she urge John to do? * Elizabeth told John that 14 people are in jail and that they are to be hung if they don’t confess. She urges John to tell the court that Abigail is a fraud, that she told John it had nothing to do with witchcraft. 3. What gift does Mary Warren present to Elizabeth?
* Mary Warren gave Elizabeth a poppet she had made during the trial. 4. What ominous revelation does Mary Warren make about Elizabeth’s reputation? How does this disclosure serve to make the quarrel between Elizabeth and John even more heated? * Mary told Elizabeth that her name has been mentioned in court that day. This then strengthened Elizabeth’s argument with John that Abigail wants her killed. John got mad because Elizabeth wants him to go to court to put fraud upon Abigail; John thinks he could never seem to please Elizabeth and that she doesn’t trust him. 5. What are some of the ways in which John Hale questions Proctor and his wife about their...
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