A minister in Salem who is more worried about his reputation than the life of his daughter or the lives of his parishioners
Parris’ Barbados slave; first accused witch
Niece of Parris; orphan; mistress of Proctor; leads “crying out” at the trial
Mrs. Ann Putnam
Wife of Thomas Putnam; first plants the idea that Betty has been bewitched
Vindictive, bitter villager who believes he has been wronged and cheated(pig); leading village voice against the witches
Midwife at birth of three Putnam babies who were born dead; accused witch
Good man with human frailties and a hidden secret; often the voice of reason in the play; accused of witchcraft
Old, garrulous villager; unintentionally causes his wife to be accused
A minister from the town of Beverly who is recognized authority on witchcraft; tries to save the accused at the play’s end
wife of John Proctor, an upright woman who at first cannot forgive her husband frailties; an accused witch
Deputy Governor Danforth
Deputy Governor of Massachusetts who is taken in by the testimony; attempts to get confessions of accused witches
a condition in which a large group of people exhibit the same state of violent mental agitation.
Period in America where there was a sense of “mass hysteria” regarding a fear that there were communist “living amongst us”, period in US when there was a suspicion of communism and fear of widespread infultration of communists in the US gvnt
opposition in a work of drama or fiction between characters or forces (especially an opposition that motivates the development of the plot) Man vs Man, Man vs Society, Man vs Nature, Man vs Self
How is John and Elizabeth’s relationship at the beginning of Act II?
Strained – still very little trust
Why does Elizabeth want John to go to Salem?
She wants John to tell that the girls were not afflicted with witchcraft.
Why does John blush when he passes Abigail in church?
The shame at the memory of the affair.
Why does Abigail feel that John blushes?
Because he is still interested in her.
How has Reverend Hale changed since Act I?
He is feels that the witch hunt is helping to destroy innocent people and shatter families
How is the accusation of Elizabeth different of those before her?
Elizabeth is well-respected.
When Elizabeth states that “she wants me dead. I knew all week it would come to this.” To whom is she referring?
Why is Rebecca Nurse accused of being a witch?
She allegedly killed Goody Putnam’s babies
Which commandment does John Proctor forget?
When Francis refers to Rebecca being the “very brick and mortar of the church,” what does he mean?
He suggests that she is a pillar of the community, solid in her beliefs, and upright in character
What do they find in the poppet?
A needle in the stomach
Who else had a needle in the stomach?
Who most likely put the needle in Abigail’s stomach?
Why would Abigail put a needle in her stomach?
To have one more motive to accuse Elizabeth of being a witch
Why won’t people stand up to Abigail and the court?
They are afraid of being accused in turn.
Why does John want Mary to testify in court?
He wants her to say how Elizabeth got the poppet and who stuck the needle in it.
How would you characterize Thomas Putnam?
vindictive and greedy
What is the setting of The Crucible
Salem, Massachusettes in 1692
What is the name of the witch expert that Rev. Parris sends for?
What does Rev. Parris catch the girls doing?
Dancing in the woods
What is the reasoning for Abigail’s drinking of the blood?
She does this as part of putting a spell on Goody Proctor (John Proctor’s wife)
Why is Rev. Parris reluctant to admit that the girls may be bewitched?
He is the minister and will lose his reputation in Salem.
What is one rumor going around town about Betty?
That she was seen flying over a barn.
Mrs. Putnam blames witchcraft for?
The death of her children.
Abigail had an affair with
Who is the most respected “saintly” woman in the village?
Characterize Giles Corey
Honest, hard working, innocent