The Crucible Act II, Scene 1 Questions and Answers

Arthur Miller

Act II, Scene 1 Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. What is the significance of John’s re-seasoning the soup?

2. What is the relationship between John and Elizabeth like?

3. What new position does Mary Warren now hold?

4. Who is in charge of this court?

5. What action has the court taken?

6. What will happen if the accused do not confess?

7. How has Mary’s personality changed since her involvement in the court?

8. What issue does Elizabeth continue to hound her husband about?

9. What does Elizabeth’s lack of mercy and understanding foreshadow?

10. Why does John hesitate to go to the court and reveal Abigail’s fraud?

Answers
1. The unseasoned soup is a symbol of the Proctors’ flavorless marriage.

2. The relationship between John and Elizabeth is tense and strained.

3. Mary is now an official in the newly formed court.

4. The court consists of four judges sent from Boston.

5. The court has accused 14 Salemites of witchcraft.

6. If the accused do not confess, they will be hanged.

7. Mary used to be timid and shy, but is now openly defiant of her employer.

8. Elizabeth cannot forgive John’s indiscretion with Abigail.

9. Elizabeth’s behavior towards John foreshadows the later actions of the court.

10. John hesitates because he does not like to be ordered by Elizabeth and because he fears he will not be believed, since there are no other witnesses to Abby’s confession.