The Crucible Study Guide Modern Literature Instructor: L. Reak Act 1 What does Rev. Parris think when he sees his daughter and the other girls dancing in the forest? Why does Rev. Parris send for Rev. John Hale? Why was Abigail discharged from the Proctors? Why does Abigail accuse Tituba of conjuring the Devil? At the end of Act 1, why does Rev. Hale shout for the marshal to bring irons? Act 2 Why does Elizabeth Proctor want her husband to go to Salem at the beginning of Act 2? What is the real reason John Proctor avoids going to Salem? What evidence is used against Elizabeth Proctor? What does Rev. Hale mean when he says, “…if Rebecca Nurse be tainted, then nothings left to stop the whole green world from burning”? What does Mary Warren confess? Act 3 What does Deputy Governor Danforth represent or symbolize in the court? Why does John Proctor reject the compromise that would grant his wife freedom for one year? What happens to anyone who offers evidence that questions the court’s authority? What impact does Danforth’s argument that witchcraft is an invisible crime have on Proctor’s case? What does Giles Corey believe is the motivation behind Putnam’s accusations? Why does Mary Warren turn against John Proctor and accuse him of being the Devil’s man? Act 4 What has Elizabeth learned, through her test of character? Why does John Proctor retract his confession?
Why won’t Elizabeth plead with her husband in the final scene? Why won’t Danforth agree to Hale’s request for a postponement or pardon for the remaining executions? Vocabulary on Exam (from all Acts) naïve subservient compromise contention evade indictment Literary Terms dialogue stage directions climax tragedy tragic hero 5 elements of drama protagonist antagonist conflict
base subtle reprimand vile immaculate
guile contemplation unperturbed reprieve retaliation