The Crucible Questions and Answers
In act 4 of The Crucible, why does John Proctor decide to confess but refuse to sign a written confession?
In The Crucible, explain what Elizabeth means when she says, "He have his goodness now, God forbid I take it from him."
In act 4 of The Crucible, it is revealed that Abigail Williams has run away from Salem, but her motives are never discussed. What might Abigail's motives have been for running away?
In The Crucible, why did Arthur Miller incorporate Abigail in the story the way he did? What are examples of her bitterness?
I Have Seen Too Many Frightful Proofs In Court—the Devil Is Alive In Salem, And We Dare Not Quail To Follow Wherever The Accusing Finger Points!
What is the significance of this quote in The Crucible? "I come to do the Devil's work. I come to counsel Christians they should belie themselves. There is blood on my head! Can you not see the blood on my head?"
In The Crucible, who was dancing in the forest with Tituba, and what were the motivations of each person?
What does Giles Corey say about his wife that might cause her problems later on in Arthur Miller's The Crucible?
In The Crucible, what lie does John Proctor tell Elizabeth in act 2 that makes her more suspicious of him?
In Act 3 of The Crucible, what does Danforth say about the 91 people who signed the petition to declare their good opinion of Rebecca Nurse and Martha Corey?
What is the significance of John Proctor's death in The Crucible? What was the necessity, function, and purpose of his death?
What does the quote from The Crucible, at the end of act 2: "We are what we always were in Salem, but now the little crazy children are jangling the keys of the kingdom, and common vengeance writes the law!"?
When Proctor forgets the adultery commandment, it is an example of irony. What is the purpose of the irony in this scene from The Crucible?
In act 3, scene 2, what does Danforth say about witchcraft as a crime and the use of lawyers in cases that involve it?
In The Crucible, Proctor speaks of ringing a bell of “doom of [his] good name.” After Elizabeth lies, Proctor says, “She only thought to save my name.” Hale even calls Elizabeth’s lie a “natural lie to tell.” Why is Proctor’s “name” so important? Explain.
Why did Abigail drink blood? How did Abigail threaten the other girls? What does the conversation between Abigail, Mercy Lewis, Mary Warren and Betty reveal about their recent activities?
At the beginning of this act, John Proctor says, "It is winter in here yet." Why is this pertinent to what is going on?
What literary device is being used in this quote by Reverend Hale in The Crucible? "Man, remember, until an hour before the Devil fell, God thought him beautiful in heaven."
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