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Title: The Crucible


1
The Crucible
  • Discussion Questions

2
Act I
  1. What were some of the frustration that caused the
    persecution of neighbors?
  2. How was the Puritans preservation of community a
    paradox?
  3. Why is Thomas Putnam angry at the town? How does
    this affect his involvement in the Witch Trials?
  4. Miller says that Proctor has "come to regard
    himself as a kind of fraud."  What does that
    mean?
  5. Why does Goody Putnam seek Titubas help? Why
    does she so easily believe in witchcraft?
  6. What is diabolism? Why does Miller connect Satan
    and the Red Hell?
  7. A crucible is defined as 1) a container that can
    resist great heat and 2) a severe test or trial
    of faith and beliefs. In the play the test is
    designed to bring about change or reveal an
    individuals true character. With that in mind,
    how do you think the characters will be tested?

3
Act 2
  1. What is the symbolism of the rag doll Mary Warren
    makes for Elizabeth?
  2. What is the significance of Mary Warrens
    description of her feelings toward Sarah Good?
  3. Why is Mary Warrens statement, The Devils
    loose in Salem, Mr. Proctor we must discover
    where hes hiding! ironic and prophetic?
  4. Elizabeth Proctor says, There is a promise made
    in any bed. What is the promise that she talks
    about?
  5. What were the real reasons why Rebecca Nurse,
    Martha Corey, and Elizabeth Proctor were accused
    of witchcraft

4
Act 3
  1. What proofs are offered in Act 3 that show the
    accusations of witchcraft are fraudulent?
  2. According to Danforth, who are the only witnesses
    of witchcraft? Why doesnt Giles give the name
    of witness who heard Putnam influence his
    daughter to accuse others of witchcraft?
  3. How does Danforth pressure Mary Warren to confess
    witchcraft? What are the implications if
    Danforth accepts Mary Warrens deposition?
  4. What is the climax of the play?
  5. At the end of Act 3, Proctor says God is dead! 
    How does this relate to Millers thematic
    development?

5
Act 4
  1. How do the proposed hangings of Rebecca Nurse and
    John Proctor differ from the past executions?
  2. Why does Danforth refuse to postpone the
    hangings?
  3. What is the significance of John Proctors
    tearing up of his confession?
  4. Why doesnt Elizabeth Proctor attempt to save her
    husband from death?
  5. Who is the tragic hero of the play? Why?
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