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How does Reverend Hale test John Proctor? Does Proctor pass the test?

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Reverend Hale is unusual among the leaders of the witch-craze in that he actually wants to get to the truth. He takes his role as lead investigator very seriously indeed, so much so that he goes to the trouble of interviewing the Proctors in person. What Hale's hoping to do here is to ascertain their characters, to see whether they're the kind of people who'd normally get involved in all manner of dark, diabolical activities.

As part of the interview, he asks Elizabeth Proctor to recite the Ten Commandments. She does so without hesitation. John, however, embarrassingly flunks the...

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