The Crucible Study Guide

The Crucible

The Crucible by Arthur Miller

In The Crucible, a play set during the mass hysteria of the Salem witch trials, several young women accuse the slave Tituba of witchcraft. Following this, other people in the town are also accused, and soon there is a series of trials that uncover the jealousy, passion, and resentment simmering under the surface of the town. Written in the 1950s during the height of McCarthyism, the play warns of the dangers of paranoia and distrust spiraling out of control and ruining the lives of innocent people.

Who is Parris's daughter?

  • Abigail
  • Susanna
  • Betty
  • Mercy

According to Miller's commentary, on what occasion do the townspeople of Salem interrupt their somber way of life?

  • Weddings
  • New farmhouses
  • Births
  • Church meetings

What settlement does Miller compare Salem to?

  • Pennsylvania
  • Jamestown
  • Plymouth
  • Rhode Island

What did Parris see the girls doing in the woods?

  • Dancing
  • Drinking blood
  • Singing
  • Worshipping idols

Who sent their daughter to Tituba?

  • The Proctors
  • The Coreys
  • The Nurses
  • The Putnams

How does Abigail say her parents died?

  • Drowning
  • Murder by Indians
  • Illness
  • Suicide

Who calms Betty?

  • Rev. Parris
  • Rev. Hale
  • Rebecca Nurse
  • Abigail

Who does Rev. Parris accuse of leading a faction against him?

  • John Proctor
  • Thomas Putnam
  • Giles Corey
  • Francis Nurse

Who first accuses Tituba?

  • Rev. Parris
  • Abigail
  • Rev. Hale
  • Betty

Who first asks the accused to name names?

  • Abigail
  • Rev. Parris
  • Danforth
  • Rev. Hale

What had Proctor been doing before he returns home to Elizabeth?

  • Plowing
  • Seeding
  • Gathering crops
  • Visiting Salem

Who is the first to be hanged as a witch?

  • Elizabeth
  • Tituba
  • Sarah Good
  • Goody Osburn

What crime is Proctor guilty of?

  • Murder
  • Theft
  • Lechery
  • Atheism

Who has Hale been visiting, before he arrives at the Proctors'?

  • The Putnams
  • The Nurses
  • The Osburns
  • The Coreys

What commandment does Proctor forget?

  • No graven image
  • No Murder
  • No Adultery
  • Remember the Sabbath

What does Elizabeth have in her house that makes her look guilty?

  • A banned book
  • A doll
  • A statue
  • A knife

Who is being questioned as the third act opens?

  • Sarah Good
  • Rebecca Nurse
  • Elizabeth Proctor
  • Martha Corey

What is Giles Corey's evidence?

  • The poppet found with Elizabeth was made by Mary
  • Thomas Putnam is attempting to get land
  • The townspeople support the women accused
  • John Proctor had a relationship with Abigail

What does Ezekiel Cheever accuse John Proctor of?

  • Not baptizing his son
  • Sleeping with Abigail
  • Plowing on Sunday
  • Stealing firewood

Who does Danforth bring into the vestry room to test Proctor's claim of lechery?

  • Abigail
  • Elizabeth
  • Rev. Hale
  • Mary Warren

What form does Mary Warren's spirit supposedly take?

  • A snake
  • A spider
  • A cat
  • A bird

Who finally accuses Proctor so that he is arrested?

  • Rev. Parris
  • Mary Warren
  • Abigail
  • Thomas Putnam

What does Cheever think is causing Parris grief?

  • Golden candlesticks
  • Hangings
  • Townspeople
  • Cows

Who is brought in to listen to Proctor's confession?

  • Elizabeth Proctor
  • Rebecca Nurse
  • Rev. Hale
  • Danforth

Who does not die by hanging?

  • John Proctor
  • Rebecca Nurse
  • Goody Osburn
  • Giles Corey

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