As this act opens, what accusation does Giles Corey make? Why is he not allowed to present his evidence in court?
Putnam is killing his neighbors by accusing them to gain land.
What news do we learn about Rebecca Nurse?
She is being convicted for killing Mrs. Putnam’s babies supernaturally.
What two pieces of evidence are brought out against Proctor in regard to his Christian nature?
He does not go to church and he plows on Sunday.
What news does Danforth tell John Proctor about Elizabeth? What deal does he try to make with him?
Elizabeth is pregnant, and if she starts showing she will be allowed to live until she delivers.
What is Giles Corey’s proof that Thomas Putnam is “reaching out for land”? Why won’t he reveal his source?
Someone told Corey that they forced their daughter cry to accuse the Jacobs so they could get their land, and if he tells the court who told them they could be hanged.
What happens to Giles Corey first?
He is charged with contempt because he wont tell the court who told him about the Putnam’s.
What does Abigail do when suspicion that she might be pretending falls on her?
Says that Mary Warren is sending a spirit on her.
What is the nature of Proctor’s sacrifice? What could it mean for all involved?
When he tells the court about his affair with Abigail, his reputation is ruined. He is hoping it will get everyone convicted free because the court realizes Abigail is unholy.
Explain how Danforth decides to test John’s accusation of Abigail and discuss the irony of what happens.
They bring in Mrs. Proctor, John says she never lies but in that situation she lies to protect his reputation
What happens when Hale says that Abigail has always seemed false to him?
Abigail pretends to see a yellow bird that is Mary Warren at the top of the church and all the girls follow her.
What is Mary Warren’s reaction to Abigail’s performance?h
Mary turns on Proctor and says he is telling lies and forced her to put her spirit on
Why do the girls repeat Mary’s words? What does this say about the trial in general?
They wanted to make it seem like she is a witch, and the trial is childish and not logical.
What does John mean when he says “God is dead”?
That the court is unholy.
What does Hale do when Proctor is arrested?
He quits the church.
What is Reverend Hale advising the condemned to do?
Confess to witchcraft so they will only spend time in jail and not be hanged.
What does Reverend Paris reveal his niece Abigail?
That she has left and taken all of his money.
How do the proposed hangings of Rebecca Nurse and John Proctor differ from the past executions?
The crowd was happy to see the first group go, but not the second because they were believed to be innocent.
What does Reverend Hale want Danforth to do?
Pardon the condemned or at least postpone the trial.
What does Reverend Hale mean when he says there is blood on his head?
He feels guilty for not realizing the truth sooner.
Why does Danforth refuse to postpone the hangings?What does this say about the logic of the court?
He does not wat his reputation to be ruined, and it is messed up.
What do Hale and Danforth request of Elizabeth?
They want her to convince her husband to confess.
What happened to Giles Corey? How does this end the land dispute between the Corey’s and the Putnam’s?
He refused to answer the court so the land could go to his sons, so they laid heavy stones on him until he died.
What is John’s excuse for confessing?
“What is one more lie” because his reputation was already ruined and everyone else in the town is lying.
What is Elizabeth’s proof that John is a good man?
He had waited a long time to confess.
How has Elizabeth changed since we first met her?
She went from never lying, to lying to save her husband.
Why does Danforth bring Rebecca to hear Proctor’s confession?
He hopes she will follow him and confess also.
After John confesses, what does Danforth want him to do?
Sign it on paper to be posted on the church wall.
What is the significance of the quote “because it is my name!”?
John screamed it when he was confessing because he did not want his reputation to be that badly damaged by posting his signature on the wall.
What does Hale attribute to Proctors willingness to hang to?
He asks Elizabeth to convince him not to.