Study Guide for The Crucible
Directions: Answer each of the following questions on this sheet of paper.
Answer each question briefly and cite the page number where you found
the answer (unless it is there for you).

Act I
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Vocabulary Challenge: FOR ACT I, make sure you find at least 3 vocabulary words that are new to you and write the word and definition below:



  1. What time-honored habit of the people contributed to “the coming madness” that the narrative voice mentions? (5)

  1. What is surprising about Reverend Parris’s behavior as Tituba enters (8) given his description at the beginning of the play (3).

  1. According to Abigail Williams, what were she and Betty Parris doing in the forest before Reverend Parris burst in on them?

  1. Why does Reverend Parris tell Abigail that he has “many enemies?” (10)

  1. What does Reverend Parris claim to have seen in the forest?

  1. What are Parris’s biggest concerns about the current situation?

  1. What is the dispute between Abigail and Goody Proctor?

  1. Upon entering the room, what claim does Mrs. Putnam make about Betty Parris? Why does she say this?

  1. What kind of man is Thomas Putnam? Ann Putnam? How do you know?

  1. Why is Thomas Putnam interested in seeing life become difficult for Reverend Parris?

  1. What has Mrs. Putnam told Ruth to do? Why is this ironic?

  1. What additional evidence does Mrs. Putnam offer to suggest that there are witches in the village?

  1. What does Abigail finally admit after hearing Mrs. Putnam speak?

  1. What information do Abigail and Mercy Lewis share once Reverend Parris and the Putnams have left the room?

  1. Upon awakening, what actions does Betty accuse Abigail of doing?

  1. What does Abigail think the girls should do in their current situation? What does she say to get them to agree?

  1. How does Abigail act towards John Proctor upon his arrival?

  1. Consider your answer to question number seven above; how has your understanding of the dispute between Abigail and Goody Proctor, John Proctor’s wife, changed?

  1. How does Betty Parris respond to hearing her father leading the singing of a psalm?

  1. What kind of a woman does Rebecca Nurse appear to be? How do you know?

  1. What is at the core of the dispute between the Nurses and the Putnams?

  1. What is the “campaign against Rebecca?” List three reasons people were out to get her.

  1. According to Reverend Parris, why do his religious services hardly mention God any more?

  1. What does Giles Corey see as the benefit to Reverend Parris’s Harvard education?

  1. What religious dispute erupts between Proctor and Parris after Proctor accuses the Reverend of discussion mortgages and deeds?

  1. What observation does the narrative voice make about the underworld during the Christian era? (33-34) What significance does the comment have considering the action of the play thus far?

  1. What analogy does the narrative voice provide to help us understand Reverend Hale’s mindset as he enters Salem? (36)

  1. Before seeing Betty Parris, what rule about his potential diagnosis does Reverend Hale demand that everyone agree to before he proceeds?

  1. What is ironic about Mrs. Putnams’ response to Rebecca’s question about conjuring up the dead? (39)

  1. How does Hale respond to Parris’s suggestion that, rather than his own daughter, the Devil should have afflicted the “licentious people in the village?” (41)

  1. Upon questioning from Hale, what does Abigail finally admit?

  1. How do Parris and Putnam respond to Tituba’s denials about working with the Devil? How does Tituba deal with this response?

  1. By the time Tituba, Abigail, and Betty are done testifying, how many people do they to have seen with the Devil?

  1. Do you believe their accusations? Why or why not?

Act II
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Vocabulary Challenge: FOR ACT II, make sure you find at least 3 vocabulary words that are new to you and write the word and definition below:



1. According to Elizabeth (52-53), what is happening in Salem?

2. Why does Elizabeth want her husband John to go into Salem immediately?

3. According to Elizabeth, in what manner has John been untruthful? (55)

4. According to Mary Warren, how many women have been arrested?

5. What proof is there to confirm that Sarah Good is a witch?

6. What shocking news about Elizabeth Proctor does Mary bring from the court?

7. To whom does Elizabeth attribute the news?

8. Why does John Proctor have difficulty addressing Elizabeth’s accuser?

9. Why has Reverend Hale visited the Proctor’s house?

10. What evidence does Hale present to suggest the Proctor is of questionable character?

11. What information does Proctor share to defend himself against Hales accusations?

12. What test does Hale give Proctor? How does Proctor perform on the test?

13. What news does Giles Corey share upon arriving at the Proctor’s house?

14. Who is Ezekiel Cheever and why does he appear at the Proctor’s house?

15. What information does Mary Warren share with all of the visitors? Why doesn’t her information prevent Elizabeth’s arrest?

16. How does John Proctor respond as Elizabeth is taken away?

17. After everyone leaves, what does John tell Mary Warren? How does Mary respond?

18. What is notable about Act II, Scene 2 of the play?

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Vocabulary Challenge: FOR ACT III, make sure you find at least 3 vocabulary words that are new to you and write the word and definition below:



1. Why is Giles removed from court (84)?
2. What evidence is used against Martha Corey?
3. What information does Francis hope to bring (86)?
4. What does Mary Warren tell the court?
5. Why does Danforth question the validity of Proctor’s evidence?
6. What news about Elizabeth does John receive?
7. What does John’s response show about his feelings toward Elizabeth?
8. What does Parris suspect to be Proctor’s ulterior motive for bringing Mary to testify?
9. Why is Giles held in contempt of court (98)?
10. Why does Danforth say they are relying so heavily on the children’s stories?
11. Why does Abigail claim Mary’s lying (103)?
12. Why is Mary’s testimony eventually considered invalid?
13. What does John say that takes the focus off of the girls’ claim of a “cold wind”?
14. What ulterior motives does John accuse Abigail of having?
15. Why is Elizabeth called to court?
16. Why does Mary change her story (118)?
17. Why does Mr. Hale “quit the court”?