Crucible Questions #2

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  • Start at “Reverend Parris is praying now…”
  • Stop at “Enter John Proctor.”

1. Describe Tituba.
2. How is Betty related to Parris again?
3. Describe Abigail Williams.
4. How does Reverend Parris react when Susanna mentions “unnatural causes?”
5. Why do you think he reacts this way?
6. Why won’t Parris deny the rumor of witchcraft as Abigail suggests?
7. What are some of Reverend Parris’s fears? (conversation with Abigail)
8. What did Goody Proctor say about Abigail?
9. Why do you think Reverend Parris brings up what Goody Proctor said?
10. What important information do Mr. and Mrs. Putnam share
11. Do you believe Parris means it when he tells Ann “I am certain there be no element of witchcraft here?”
12. In drama, an objective is something a character wants. What is Parris’s objective so far in this scene? (What does he want more than anything else?)
13. What are Parris’s obstacles? (What gets in the way of what he wants?
14. Who is Hale? What does he do?
15. The narrator gives a lot of detail about Thomas Putnam. What’s the main thing we should know about Thomas Putnam? Summarize it in a sentence.
16. Summarize what Mrs. Putnam says about her babies and how it’s connected to witchcraft.
17. Conjure means “to make something appear.” So what is conjuring spirits and why is this a serious accusation?
18. Who is Mercy Lewis and why does she come to Betty’s bedroom?
19. Look closely at Abigail’s conversation with Mercy. Based on what they say, what several things do we know happened in the forest? (What is true?)
20. When Mary Warren says “Abby we’ve got to tell,” do you think she means tell that they did witchcraft? Tell what?
21. What does Betty say Abby did? Why did she do it?
22. Do you think some of the girls think they were doing witchcraft? Which ones?
23. What does Abby say happened “for the record?
24. Who does Abby lay most of the blame on? Why do you think she does this?
25. What adjectives would you use to describe the tone/mood of this scene?


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