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The Crucible eNotes Reading Response Prompts

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  • Release Date: October 07, 2019
  • Subjects: Language Arts and Literature
  • Age Levels: Grade 10, Grade 11, and Grade 9
  • Pages: 19
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  • Reverend Parris says to Abigail, “Your name in the town—it is entirely white, is it not?” Paraphrase what he is asking Abigail. Why does he feel compelled to ask her this question?
  • What is Abigail’s relationship with Goody Proctor? How does she feel about Goody Proctor? Do you think Abigail is telling the truth about her history with Goody Proctor? Why or why not?
  • Why do Ann and Thomas Putnam come to see Reverend Parris? What do they believe that greatly upsets Parris? What evidence suggests that Goody Putnam is a bitter, desperate woman?
  • Identify Mercy Lewis and Mary Warren. Describe the conversation among Abigail, Mercy, and Mary that takes place before Betty wakes up. What do they argue about? Which of the girls seems to dominate the other two? Why do you think so?
  • Describe the former relationship between John Proctor and Abigail Williams. How do they feel about each other now? Does Abigail’s personal history with John make you feel any sympathy for her? Why or why not?
  • Rebecca Nurse says her children and grandchildren went through “silly seasons” when “keeping up with their mischief” was difficult. Do you remember a “silly season” when you were full of mischief? Write about this time in your life and what you did that was mischievous.
  • Salem is filled with bickering and dissension. Describe the various conflicts and arguments that exist among John Proctor, Reverend Parris, Thomas Putnam, and Giles Corey. Which conflicts and arguments relate to religion? Which ones relate to money?


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