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The Crucible

Arthur Miller


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1. What kind of government does Salem have in The Crucible?

2. What is Parris’s position in Salem?

3. Before the play begins, what did Parris catch his daughter and other girls doing?

4. Why did Elizabeth Proctor fire Abigail?

5. As the play opens, whom has Parris asked to come to Salem?

6. What is John Proctor’s chief complaint against Parris’s sermons?

7. What does Mrs. Putnam blame on witchcraft?

8. Who is the first person that Abigail claims practiced witchcraft?

9. In Act II, what does Mary Warren give to Elizabeth Proctor when she returns home from the trials?

10. What news does Mary Warren bring from Salem?

11. Which commandment does John Proctor forget when Reverend Hale quizzes him?

12. Whom do Ezekiel Cheever and Herrick, the marshal, come to the Proctor home to arrest?

13. To what does John Proctor convince Mary Warren to testify?

14. Who is in charge of the court?

15. Why will Elizabeth not be hanged if she is found guilty?

16. On what charge is Giles Corey arrested?

17. When Mary Warren testifies against them, what do Abigail and her troop of girls do?

18. What does John Proctor do, in a desperate attempt to foil Abigail?

19. Who is brought in to corroborate John Proctor’s claims about Abigail?

20. What does Elizabeth do when called upon to testify?

21. What does the court do with John Proctor?

22. When John Proctor is facing death, what does Hale urge him to do?

23. Why does Proctor retract his confession?

24. What does Abigail do at the end of the play?

25. What ultimately happens to John Proctor?

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by misscindyrella, September 30, 2012

It'd be nice if you had more quotes in the quotes tab. I was trying to find an explanation for this quote, but you didn't include that quote. /:

You also forgot the very end part of The Crucible where they where Abigail and Proctor and Parris ended up.


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by Shiba_Ganju, March 18, 2013

Read this to get a better mark on the spot.


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character list

by kull2000, December 13, 2013

you forgot sarah good and sarah osborn as characters in this story, even if they dont have a line, they are still part of the story and still information

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